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Brazilian Cherry Wood Floor

Brazilian Cherry Room Scene Color: Sapwood is gray-white; heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown when fresh, and becomes russet or reddish brown when seasoned; often marked with dark streaks.

Grain: Mostly interlocked; texture is medium to rather coarse.

Variations within species and grades: Moderate to high color variation.

Hardness (Janka): 2350; 82% harder than Northern red oak.

Dimensional Stability: Average (change coefficient 0.00300; 19% more stable than red oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.

Durability: Dense and very strong.


Sawing/Machining: Sawing is difficult due to high density; requires frequent resharpening of tools. Planing is difficult due to interlocked grain. Can be machined to a smooth surface. Carbide tooling recommended.

Sanding: Sands well.

Nailing: Good holding ability, but due to hardness may require adjustment of angle of penetration and/or height.

Finishing: No known problems.

Comments: Light-sensitive; darkens rapidly upon exposure to sunlight.

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The Wood Floor Store
Lebanon Plaza, 1271 Route 22 East
P.O. Box 690, Lebanon, NJ 08833
Hunterdon County, Central New Jersey