Sesendok

Sesendok

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Sesendok

The Tree
Trees can grow to 20-30m, with 3m trunk diameters, it has a greyish bark and buttressed boles.

The Timber
The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood; the wood is bright yellow with a greenish tinge when freshly cut, turning to a straw colour on exposure. Planed surfaces are lustrous, and may show concentric markings due to occasional layers of darker tissue. The grain is spiral, interlocked, or wavy, and the texture coarse but even. The wood weighs about 528 kg/m3 when dried. Sessendok is not considered durable in Malaysia, but since this reference is concerned more with resistance to termites rather than to decay. it is probably moderately durable when in contact with the ground. The timber is suitable for joinery and light construction.

Drying
The timber dries fairly well, but with a tendency to distort.

Working Qualities
Medium - It is soft, and easy to saw, but the variable grain may give some trouble in planing and moulding. It takes a good polish, but the pores although relatively few in number, are moderately large in size, and filling is required to obtain the best finish.

Latin Name
Endospermum malaccense

Also known as
sendok-sendok, kauvula (Fiji)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Easy

Moisture
Small

Texture
Medium to coarse

Origin
Malaysia