cunninghamii is difficult to bend, while the bending qualities of Acacia melanoxylon are generally very good.
nitens, decent (machining was needed); (3) Acacia melanoxylon and N.
This article presents the results of a study that assessed bending quality and that determined the minimum radius of bending curvature of eight plantation and regrowth Australian timbers using the microwave wood bending process: Eucalyptus nitens, Eucalyptus saligna, Eucalyptus marginata, Eucalyptus diversicolor, Pinus radiata, Nothofagus cunninghamii, Atherosperma moschatum, and Acacia melanoxylon.
This column will focus on Acacia melanoxylon, also known as Australian blackwood, but will also recognize some of the other famous--and not so famous--trees that share the name acacia.
Rick Banas, vice president of Interwood Forest Product Veneer in Shelbyville, KY, said Acacia melanoxylon, which sometimes closely resembles Hawaiian koa, is commonly called blackwood, "although it has nothing to do with its color and should not be confused with African blackwood, a truly black species.