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NYATOH
Family: Sapotaceae

Other Names:
Njatuh (Indonesia); Padang (UK).

Distribution:
Malaya and S.E. Asia.

General Description:
The grain is straight or shallowly interlocked or wavy and the texture moderately fine. Has a resemblance to makore with a moiré or watered silk figure.

Color:
The heartwood color varies according to the species, but generally from pale pink to reddish brown, sometimes with darker streaks.

Weight:
Averaging between 620-720 kg/m3 (38-45 lb/ft3).

Specific Gravity:
.62 - .72.

Mechanical Properties:
•  Bending strength – Medium
•  Crushing strength – Medium
•  Resistance to shocl loads – Low
•  Stiffness – Low
•  Steam bending classification – Moderate

Seasoning:
Dries rather slowly with some tendency to end split, distort and surface check. There is medium movement in service.

Working properties:
Some species are siliceous and can cause severe blunting of cutting edges. Non-siliceous wood planes easily to a smooth finish. It tends to split when nailed, but screws and glues well, and stains and polishes to an excellent finish.

Durability:
Moderately durable. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder post beetle. It is very resistant to preservative treatment.

Uses:
•  Furniture and cabinet making
•  High-class joinery
•  Pattern making
•  Interior building construction

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