Latin Name: Koompassia malaccensis
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae - the Legume family
Other Common Name(s): Impas, Mengris, Thongbueng, Tualang
Suitable for Exterior/Interior Use
Interior & Exterior
Cabinets, Exterior Trim, Flooring, Furniture, Millwork, Mouldings
Kempas grows in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It grows throughout lowland forests in rather swampy areas, and also along hillsides.
General Description: The wide sapwood which white or a pale yellow in color is easy to distinguish from the pink to brick red heartwood. The heartwood turns a dark reddish-brown with yellow lines or streaks. Upon a quick glance you may think the wood is a type of Palm. The grain is interlocked, and sometimes spiral or wavy. The texture is rather coarse but even.
Price Range ($ least expensive, $$$$$ most expensive):
Weight (lbs/BF): 4.75
Specific Gravity: 0.71-0.84
Modulus of Rupture (psi): 14,530-17,680
Modulus of Elasticity (1,000 psi): 2,410-2,690
Side Hardness (lbs): 1710
The wood can be hard to work due to hardness and the fibrous grain structure. Pre-boring for nails, especially near the edges, is required to prevent splitting.
Not currently in stock, but please contact us to inquire about availability.