Maple, Brazilian

Pau marfim, Guatambu Balfourodendron riedelianum


Maple Brazilian

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

Color: Pale cream to yellow cream; no contrast between sapwood and heartwood.

Grain: Straight, fine, uniform.

Species & Grade Variations: Lower grades may have darker tan/brown colors.


Hardness (Janka): 1500 (16% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Average (8.8; 2% less stable than Northern red oak). Very sensitive to moisture fluctuations.


Sawing/Machining: Works cleanly; requires a wide set for ripping; very hard on router bits.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if correct sanding sequence is followed.

Suggested Sequence:

  • First Cut: 50 at a 7-15 degree angle with the grain
  • Second Cut: 60 or 80 straight with the grain
  • Third Cut: 100
  • Hard Plate: 100
  • First Screen: 100
  • Second Screen: 120 or 150

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Takes finish well. May be difficult to stain.


South America.


Moderately available.