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Color: Heartwood is brown when freshly cut, turning deep purple to purplish brown over time. Sapwood is a lighter cream color.
Grain: Usually straight; medium to fine texture.
Species & Grade Variations: Moderate to high color variation.
Hardness (Janka): 1860; 44% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00212; 43% more stable than Red Oak).
Durability: Very strong and dense.
Sawing/Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; frequent sharpening of tools required; slow feed rate and carbide tooling recommended.
Sanding: Good holding ability.
Nailing: Sands satisfactorily.
Finishing: Takes finishes well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better. Tendency to bleed with some finishes.
Comments: Heartwood is very resistant to dry-wood termites. Presence of minerals in some boards may cause uneven coloration.
(Relative to plain sawn select Red Oak)
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