Pau marfim, Guatambu Balfourodendron riedelianum
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.
- 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.