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Anigre, sometimes spelled as Aningré or Anegre, refers to the timber derived from trees of the Pouteria and Aningeria genera. It is a hardwood species commonly found in tropical regions of Africa, particularly West and Central Africa.

Appearance and Characteristics

Anigre wood typically has a pale yellow to light brown color with a straight grain pattern. It has a fine to medium texture and a natural luster. The wood is moderately lightweight, making it weigh approximately 2.8 pounds (1.27 kilograms) per board foot. Anigre is known for its versatility and is often used as a substitute for lighter-colored woods like maple and birch.


Anigre wood is highly workable and suitable for various woodworking applications. It is easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand, making it a popular choice for both hand and machine tool operations. The wood glues and finishes well, allowing for a smooth, polished surface. Anigre's excellent workability makes it a valuable wood for fine woodworking and cabinetry.

Uses in Woodworking

Anigre wood is utilized in various woodworking projects, including:

  • Cabinetry: Anigre is a favored choice for cabinetry due to its attractive appearance and ease of workability. It is often used in kitchen and bathroom cabinets and storage units.
  • Furniture: It is used in crafting a range of furniture pieces, such as tables, chairs, desks, and veneered surfaces. Its consistent color and fine texture add an elegant touch to furniture designs.
  • Turning on a Lathe: Anigre wood turns exceptionally well on a lathe. Its workability, fine texture, and versatility make it a preferred choice for creating intricate wood turnings, such as bowls, spindles, and decorative pieces.
  • Veneer: Anigre is commonly used as a veneer to cover the surfaces of various wood products. It provides a light, neutral background for decorative veneers and inlays.
  • Millwork: Anigre is used in architectural millwork, including moldings, paneling, and doors. Its fine texture and versatility make it suitable for various millwork applications.
  • Marine Applications: Due to its resistance to moisture and its workability, Anigre is sometimes used in boatbuilding and marine interiors.
  • Musical Instruments: It is occasionally used in the construction of musical instruments, including pianos, violins, and acoustic guitar backs and sides.


Anigre wood has a moderate level of durability. Here's a breakdown of its performance:

  • Indoor Use: Anigre performs well for indoor applications, such as cabinetry, furniture, and millwork. It is relatively stable and resistant to decay and insect damage. Proper finishes and maintenance can further enhance its longevity.

  • Outdoor Use: Anigre is not recommended for prolonged outdoor use, as it is not naturally resistant to weather exposure and may require additional protection against the elements.

  • Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: While it is naturally resistant to some extent, Anigre may benefit from protective finishes to enhance its resistance to insects and decay when used in applications where these factors are a concern.

All lumber now ships surfaced on 2 sides, and ripped on 1 edge at a minimum. Surfacing is done to a 1/16th over nominal (+- .030). Also the option for a rip to width is now available for a premium price. Ripping is done on an industrial straight line/gang rip machine. While the rip will be consistent end to end, the fence may not always end up in the same spot between orders. Rip widths will be within 1/8th of an inch of stated widths.

4/4  will be surfaced to 13/16ths.

5/4  will be surfaced to 1 and 1/16th.

6/4  6/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 5/16ths.

8/4  will be surfaced to 1 and 13/16ths.

10/4  will be surfaced to 2 and 5/16ths.

16/4  will be surfaced to 2 and 13/16ths.