Color: Dark reddish brown.
Grain: Striped figuring in quartersawn selections; texture is even and very fine.
Species & Grade Variations: Moderate color variation.
Hardness (Janka): 2200 (71% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Above average (6.2; 28% more stable than Northern red oak).
Sawing/Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; carbide tooling recommended.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
- First Cut: 40 or 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: No known problems.
Finishing: Oil residue may be a problem. This can be eliminated by wiping with the appropriate 100 percent pure (not recycled) solvent before the sealer is applied.
Comments: Some respiratory/allergic reaction potential.