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Makore, scientifically known as Tieghemella heckelii, is a hardwood tree species found in the tropical forests of West and Central Africa. It is highly regarded for its beautiful reddish-brown to deep red color, fine grain, and workability in woodworking.

Appearance and Characteristics

Makore wood is renowned for its stunning reddish-brown to deep red color, often featuring a straight grain pattern that can be interspersed with ribbon-like or mottled figure, adding to its visual appeal. The wood has a fine texture, and it is moderately lightweight, typically weighing around 2.9 to 3.4 pounds per board foot (658 to 773 kilograms per cubic meter). This combination of color and grain makes Makore a favored choice for both aesthetic and structural applications.


Makore is prized for its excellent workability. It is relatively easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand. The wood holds screws and nails well and glues effectively, allowing for a smooth and polished surface. Woodworkers appreciate Makore's workability, which makes it suitable for various woodworking projects.

Uses in Woodworking

Makore wood finds numerous applications in woodworking, including:

  • Fine Furniture: Makore is a popular choice for crafting fine furniture, including tables, chairs, cabinets, and veneered surfaces. Its rich color and attractive grain add a touch of elegance to furniture designs.

  • Cabinetry: The wood's fine grain and lustrous appearance make it suitable for cabinetry, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, where it provides a warm and inviting ambiance.

  • Veneer: Makore is often sliced into veneer and used in the production of high-quality veneered furniture and decorative surfaces, offering a touch of luxury to interior designs.

  • Decorative Woodworking: Woodworkers often choose Makore for decorative projects, such as inlays, turnings, and sculpted pieces, thanks to its ease of workability and visual appeal.

  • Millwork: Makore is used in millwork projects, including moldings, trim, and interior doors, adding character and sophistication to architectural elements.


Makore wood offers moderate durability:

  • Indoor Use: Makore is suitable for indoor applications, especially for furniture, cabinetry, and millwork. It is resistant to wear and can withstand normal moisture fluctuations, making it an ideal choice for interior projects.

  • Outdoor Use: While Makore is not typically recommended for outdoor use, it can be employed for short-term or protected outdoor projects with proper finishing and maintenance.

  • Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: Makore is not inherently resistant to insects and decay, but with proper finishes and care, its durability can be enhanced for various applications.

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.