In Asian market, Doussie wood is a material which is used a lot for wooden furniture. They can be kitchen cabinets, doors, stairs, dining table or bed. Today, Zava Furniture will show you some general information about this wood.

Doussie is a beautiful orange/brown wood which ages to a medium brown color. It is one of the most popular imported flooring species used in Europe.

Beautiful Doussie door

Beautiful Doussie door

Scientific Name:

Afzelia africana

Other Names and Species:

  • Afzelia
  • Afa
  • Beyo
  • Lingue
  • Papayo
  • Uvala


Africa – Cameroon

Description of the trees

It presents heights of 26 to 40 m, with diameters of 100 to 170 cm and more. The bole is clear, it attains 10 to 16 m in length. Large irregular buttresses are sometimes present.

Afzelia bipindensis occurs in dense evergreen forests. The tree reaches its best development on moist sites. It is known or inferred that the harvesting of specimens from the wild for international trade has, or may have, a detrimental impact on the species.


Doussie kitchen cabinets

Doussie kitchen cabinets

The sapwood of doussie is pale yellow to white, while the heartwood ranges from light brown to reddish-brown. The grain is straight and slightly interlocked. The wood has a medium luster, and the texture is somewhat coarse.

Doussie exhibits a medium range of color variation between golden tans to darker orange/browns. Doussie undergoes substantial color change with pronounced darkening from a light orangey brown to a deeper mahogany color over time.


Doussie is very hard and durable, and it has excellent resistance to attack by termites. The wood remains smooth under friction. Doussie shows only small movement with time.

Janka Hardness:

Its hardness is 1810.

As a flooring option, doussie’s hardness is over twice that of southern yellow pine, noticably harder than hard maple, almost identical to hickory or pecan, and about three quarters as hard as santos mahogany.

Work ability:

Doussie has good machining qualities, and it sands to a smooth surface. When nailed, it has good holding ability. The wood has satisfactory staining and polishing ability due to yellow deposits in pores.

Principal Uses:

Because doussie wood is so hard and strong, it is among the most valuable exotic hardwood species. It uses include fine flooring, furniture, decking, stair rails, and construction.

Special Characteristics

Stability: average, similar to Red Oak.

Finish Issues: (for site sanding/finishing only) – none known at this time.

Safety/Allergic Reaction Issues: Doussie is known to cause both contact dermatitis and respiratory reactions when coming into contact with the dust. Care must be taken when cutting or sanding this wood. Also, wood dust in general can be a hazard.

Drying and Shrinkage: 

Doussie dining table

Doussie dining table

Seasons satisfactorily but slowly with little or no degrade. Kiln schedule T6-D2 is suggested for 4/4 stock and T3-D1 for 8/4. Shrinkage green 12% moisture content: radial 1.0%; tangential 1.5%. Movement in service is rated as small.

Typical Use:

  • Ship building (ribs)
  • Exterior joinery, Stairs (inside)
  • Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Exterior panelling.
  • Current furniture or furniture components
  • Industrial or heavy flooring
  • Wood frame house
  • Resistant to one or several acids, Sliced veneer, Ship building (planking and deck)
  • Interior joinery, Flooring, Interior panelling
  • Cabinet work (high class furniture), Cooperage
  • Heavy carpentry
  • Shingles, Bridges (Parts in contact with water or ground)
  • Doussie door

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