Although very dense the timber work fairly well, dresses and turns to a
smooth surface however the rather greasy characteristic of the wood tends
to clog saws and planer blades easily. The heartwood is orange-brown to
brown or dark red-brown while the sapwood is usually pale yellow and very
easy to distinguish.
The texture is moderately coarse but even with an interlocked grain and
highly visible vessels containing a yellow substance as well as the presence
of growth rings. The timber has a very low shrinkage rate and dries with
very little degrade.
In Asia it is used regularly for furniture, panelling, boatbuilding and
veneers whilst in Australia it is imported for flooring , joinery, predominately
staircase and handrail material, and is highly prized as decking.