the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
bulletwood (aka massaranduba) / Manilkara spp.
Manilkara bidentata, Manilkara elata, Manilkara huberi, and Manilkara littoralis (syn. Mimusops littoralis)
all of the family Sapotaceae
3" x 3" flat cut, 3" x 3" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse porous, medium sized pores, often in radial multiples, heavy diffuse-in-aggregates parenchyma plus vasicentric parenchyma around the pores, closely spaced rays barely visible at 10X
See also sapodilla, which is a closely related wood.
This is a very hard, heavy, strong wood with some oiliness and can be worked to a smooth finish.
All of my samples on this page were sold to me as massaranduba which is another common name for this wood.
This wood acquires a patina that makes it appear to be a darker, but richer, red than it is when fresh. The wood, as you will see from the more detailed pics is a deep rich pink when first exposed.
Janka hardness 3130 to 3190 (compare to hard maple 1450, white oak 1350)
as being from different groups of Manilkara species, the more I look at them the less
I am able to find ANY characteristic that distinguishes them from each other
at the level of 1200 grit sanding and 12X examination, and they have some
shared botanical names. I have kept them separate on this site but I am no longer
confident that this is warranted since I think vendors may mix the two indiscriminately.
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions