Australian blackwood

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A dark reddish brown hardwood obtained from the Acacia melanoxylon tree native to Tasmania, southern Australia, and new South Wales. Australian blackwood has a fine to medium texture with a straight to roey grain. It polishes to a glossy sheen and is naturally durable. Australian blackwood is used for furniture, cabinetry, fittings, joinery, and gun stocks.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Acacia melanoxylon; acácia Austrália (Port.) ; Australian locust; Tasmanian blackwood; acacia

Physical and Chemical Properties

Specific gravity = 0.72 (air dry)

Density 40-50 ppcf

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 462
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • Gordon Hanlon, contributed information, 1998