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Color: Light to medium brown when newly installed; has a significant color change and turns to brown/dark brown over time.
Grain: Interlocked medium to coarse texture.
Species & Grade Variations: Dramatic difference between quartersawn and flatsawn products.
Hardness (Janka): 1260 (2% softer than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (3.8; 66% more stable than Northern red oak).
Sawing/Machining: Somewhat stringy—may split and splinter when resanding or ripping.
Sanding: No known problems.
- 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: 120
- First Screen: 100
- Second Screen: 120
Nailing: No known problems.
Finishing: Staining and/or bleaching this species may be difficult. No finish compatibility problems are known.
Comments: Dust is known to cause both contact dermatitis and respiratory reactions.
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