Color/Appearance:Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, gray, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern.
Grain/Texture:Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.
Endgrain:Diffuse-porous; large pores, very few to few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; deposits occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to marginal parenchyma and slight decrease in pore frequency near growth ring borders; parenchyma vasicentric, lozenge, confluent, and marginal; narrow to medium rays, normal spacing.
Rot Resistance:Rated as moderately durable, with good resistance to insect attack.
Workability:Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planing and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tearout. Turns, glues and finishes well.
Odor:Ovangkol is reported to have a strong unpleasant odor when wet, which disappears once the wood has dried.