Color: Pink, red or red/brown with purple streaks or veins; changes from pinkish rose when freshly milled to burgundy red when aged.
Grain: Fine; straight or interlocked, can be highly figured.
Species & Grade Variations: Quartered exhibits flame figure; flatsawn has rosewood graining.
Hardness (Janka): 2690 (109% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Average (8.4; 2% more stable than Northern red oak).
Sawing/Machining: Saws and planes well.
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: 80
- Second Screen: 100 or 120
Nailing: Tends to split tongues. Pre-drilling and hand-nailing may be preferred.
Finishing: Test all products before using them on the actual floor. Oil-modified finished will require a lengthy dry time. (See finishing comments on page 6.)
Comments: Dust has been known to cause contact dermatitis.