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Purple Heart Wood Floor

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Scientific Name: Peltogyne spp.

Other Names and Species: Amaranth Amarante Guarabu Koroboreli Morado Palo Morado Pau Roxo Purperhart Tananeo Violetwood

Origin: North-middle part of the Brazilian Amazon region of South America, as well as in tropical regions of Central America.

Color: Heartwood is brown when freshly cut, turning deep purple to purplish brown over time. Sapwood is a lighter cream color.

Grain: Usually straight; medium to fine texture.

Variations Within Species and Grades: Moderate to high color variation.

Hardness (Janka): 1860; 44% harder than Northern red oak.

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00212; 43% more stable than red oak)

Durability: Very strong and dense.

Sawing/Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; frequent sharpening of tools required; slow feed rate and carbine tooling recommended.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.

Nailing: Good holding ability.

Finishing: Takes finishes well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better.

Comments: Heartwood is very resistant to dry-wood termites. Presence of minerals in some boards may cause uneven coloration.

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