Doussie Wood Floor
Scientific Name: Afzelia africana
Other Names and Species: Afzelia Afa Beyo Lingue Papayo Uvala
Origin: Africa - Cameroon
Appearance: The sapwood of doussie is pale yellow to white, while the heartwood ranges from light brown to reddish-brown. The grain is straight and slightly interlocked. The wood has a medium luster, and the texture is somewhat coarse.
Properties: Doussie is very hard and durable, and it has excellent resistance to attack by termites. The wood remains smooth under friction. Doussie shows only small movement with time.
Principal Uses: Because doussie wood is so hard and strong, it is among the most valuable exotic hardwood species. Its usesinclude fine flooring, furniture, decking, stair rails, and construction.
Hardness (Janka): 1810; As a flooring option, doussie's hardness is over twice that of southern yellow pine, noticeably harder than hard maple, almost identical to hickory or pecan, and almost as hard as santos mahogany.
Workability: Doussie has good machining qualities, and it sands to a smooth surface. When nailed, it has good holding ability. The wood has satisfactory staining and polishing ability due to yellow deposits in pores.