Anacardiaceae - The Cashew Family
Bois De Zebre, Bossona, Gateado, Kingwood, Mura, Tigerwood, Uranday-para, Zebrawood, Zorrowood
Both Interior and Exterior
Cabinets, Flooring, Furniture, Knife Handles, Millwork, Mouldings, Panels, Shipbuilding, Turning
Goncalo Alves grows in Central and the northern part of South America.
The sapwood is easily distinguished from the heartwood, as the sapwood is a brownish-white to brownish-gray. The heartwood is a light golden-brown to reddish-brown, with irregular blackish-brown streaks. The grain is usually interlocked and wavy with a fine texture.
Carbide tooling is essential when milling Goncalo Alves. When nailing pre-boring is required, it is recommended that screws be lubricated before inserting. Gluing requires pretreatment with solvents. While the wood can be sanded and polished to a high natural luster care should be taken to make sure proper sanding techniques are used as deep scratches may prove hard to sand out.