Monkey pod is a hardwood species from central and south America, which has also been transplanted to tropical islands such as Hawaii. This medium density wood has medium to dark brown heartwood, and a cream, almost yellow sapwood. It will sometimes have large open pores, and the grain is typically straight but truly stunning examples of curly/interlocking grain can be had from time to time. Figuring can range from curly, to quilted, and sometimes even appear to have a bit of a birds eye effect. This durable species works, glues, and turns well, as long as care is given to any areas with irregular grain structure to prevent tear out. It has been used for small trinkets, cabinets, millworks and even trim. Monkey pod has a janka rating of 900, and weighs 3.4 pounds per board foot.
VARIATIONS AND OPTIONS
4/4 refers to lumber that was cut at 1 inch thickness
15/16ths has been skip planed (a majority of the surfacing work has been done, there may be a few spots that are still rough, but the grain of the particular piece of wood should be visible)
13/16ths is commonly called finish planed. This should be ready for sanding and finish
Ripped 1 Edge is lumber that has been run through a straight-line rip saw. This allows for easy squaring on a table saw.
Sanded refers to a select few lumber options that have been run through a belt sander and are 100% finish ready.
5/4 lumber was sawn at 1.25 inches in thickness.
6/4 lumber was sawn at 1.5 inches in thickness.
8/4 lumber was sawn at 2 inches in thickness.
10/4 lumber was sawn at 2.5 inches in thickness.
12/4 lumber was sawn at 3 inches in thickness.