Common name: Garapa
Botanical name: Apuleia mollaris
WHY USE GARAPA?
It is a very durable timber that resists rot, decay and fire. The timber is lustrous and does not bleed. It has a high silica content and is scratch resistant. Primarily used as a kiln-dried decking timber.
APPEARANCE AND DESCRIPTION
Garapa is a light yellow to honey-brown colour and its interlocked grain has a fine texture.
Garapa is a hard and strong timber with high bending and crushing strengths.
|Density at 12% moisture content||900 kg/m3|
|Modulus of elasticity||14 GPa|
|Modulus of rupture||89 MPa|
|Side Hardness||7.4 kN|
|Tangential shrinkage – green to 12% MC||6.5%|
|Radial Shrinkage – green to 12% MC||3.5%|
Garapa saws, nails and screws well with only slight blunting effect. Garapa is also scratch-resistant.
Glueing and coating considerations:
Garapa glues well.