Brazilian Cherry

Jatoba Hymenaea courbaril

Appearance

Cherry Brazilian

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

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.

Species & Grade Variations: Moderate to high color variation.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 2350; 82% harder than Northern Red Oak.

Dimensional Stability: Average (change coefficient .00300; 19% more stable than Red Oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.

Durability: Dense and very strong.

Workability

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.

Cost

(Relative to plain sawn select Red Oak)
Multiplier: 1.30

Availability

Readily available.