Bubinga heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. The sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly Separated from the heartwood. Bubinga is frequently seen with a variety of figure, including pommele, flamed, waterfall, quilted, mottled, etc. The grain is straight to interlocked, and has a uniform fine to medium texture and moderate natural luster.

Janka Hardness:

2,410 lbf 

Average Dried Weight:

56 lbs/ft3 (890 kg/m3)


Bubinga is easy to work overall, though depending upon the species, bubinga can have silica present, which can prematurely dull cutting edges. Also, on pieces with figured or interlocking grain, tearout can occur during planing or other machining operations. Gluing can occasionally be problematic due to bubinga’s high density and natural oils, but it turns and finishes well.