Tali is an African-origin hardwood that is considered suitable for a large number of wood applications ranging from industrial flooring and construction to furniture making.
|Length||50mm to 3400mm|
|Thickness||6mm to 95mm|
|Width||6mm to 195mm|
|Average density||675 kg/m3|
|Janka rating||1,120 lbf (4,980 N)|
Tali hardwood is also known by common trade names, including Elone, Elondo and Missanda. It is found exclusively in Africa. It is a durable wood that is resistant to fungi and dry wood borers. Erythrophleum spp. is the scientific name of Tali hardwood.
Tali is a tropical hardwood that comes in different colors depending on its origin. The most common color is an orangey yellow-reddish brown with darker streaks. East African Tali, on the other hand, is lighter in color. Regardless of color, Tali wood is prized for its durability & strength, making it a popular choice for heavy-duty applications.
It is easy to distinguish from the sapwood. The texture is rough, and the grain is interlocked. Peeling is poor, and slicing is either not suggested or not interesting due to the relatively strong blunting impact. Working with Tali demands strength. Difficulties in planing caused by entangled grain. Although pre-boring is important, nailing is good. Gluing is only appropriate inside. The possibility of wood and iron attacking one another makes it unwise to assemble iron parts when they are damp. It takes a long time to dry, therefore it needs to be dried gently and carefully to minimise flaws.
It is particularly resistant to fungus and dry wood borers; sapwood is not resistant. There are numerous uses for tali, including both interior and exterior applications, such as Inside, for instance, industrial or durable flooring, Exterior components include posts, stakes, parts of bridges that are not in direct contact with the earth or water), sleepers, heavy carpentry, and flooring for vehicles or containers.
Because of similar characteristics, Tali timber is often used as an alternative to Azobe (Lophira alata).
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