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Bolivian Rosewood Wood Veneer

Rosewood VeneerMention the word "rosewood" to any woodworker and you'll see their eyes light up with interest and excitement. This classic exotic never fails to delight. Many of our customers have sent us pictures of projects ranging from high-end stereo speakers to simple wall cabinets. The one comment we see most is that rosewood looks its best with a semi-gloss finish of lacquer or oil-based polyurethane.

Looking for large sheets of this species? We also offer it in AA grade paper-backed veneer, which can be applied with contact cement or any other veneer adhesive.

Common Names:
  Santos Rosewood, Pau Ferro, Pao Ferro, often mis-named as Morado
Scientific Name:
  Machaerium scleroxylon, M. aculeatum, M. pedicellatum
Family:
  Fabaceae
Color:
  Tan to medium brown with dark brown and black graining
Origin:
  Central & South America (Brazil, Bolivia)
Hardness:
  Hard
Texture:
  Coarse texture with semi-open pores
Finishing:
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
Did You Know:
  There is much confusion about Brazilian, Bolivian, Santos, and many other rosewood veneers which is often caused by the wide array of brightness/darkness found across these veneer species. Confusion occurs when a lighter Brazilian rosewood is held next to a darker Bolivian rosewood. When this happens, each looks like the other. The veneer shown below was offered to us as Santos Rosewood which is the same as Bolivian Rosewood.


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