Woodworking presents difficulties due to the hardness of the wood (especially with irregular fiber course ). Ideally, very sharp carbide-tipped tools should be used in order to avoid rapid blunting of the knives. Pre-drilling before screwing and nailing is recommended .
Joints cause problems due to high presence of tylosis.
Due to its salient light-dark contrast, Goncalo Alves is perfectly suitable for the production of decorative veneer. Its extravagant colour combination, which often commemorates the skin of a tiger, makes the wood of the genus “astronium fraxinofolium” interesting especially for the furniture industry and the producers of panelling and ceiling lining. It is also utilized for shipbuilding and for the building constructions with extraordinary stress as well as for weaver’s shuttles and tools helves in the high – class sector as a special wood.
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