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Sample is -by-3 inch
square-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished
with water base urethane;
bottom with oil modified
polyurethane
.



Appearance
COLOR:
Heartwood is yellow after cutting and turns deep pinkish tan to warm reddish brown within weeks due to high resin content. Sapwood remains yellow, with occasional blue-black sap stain.

GRAIN: Dense, with high figuring. Plainsawn is swirled; rift- or quartersawn is primarily pinstriped. Curly or burl grain is rare.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Moderate color variation.

Properties
HARDNESS (JANKA):
1225; 5% softer than Northern red oak.
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY:
Above average (change coefficient .00263; 29% more stable than red oak).
DURABILITY:
Natural resistance to insect infestation in heartwood; dense.


Workability
SAWING/MACHINING: Good machining and hand-tooling qualities.
SANDING: Tendency to clog paper due to high resin content; begin with coarse grade

NAILING: Good holding ability.
FINISHING:
Accepts both surface and penetrating finishes. Some stains may blotch; raising grain first may help. To reduce the wood's tendency to repel finish coats, surface resins may be removed with a solvent that is compatible with the finish to be used.

COMMENTS:

Cost
(relative to plainsawn select red oak)
MULTIPLIER: 2.00

Availability
Limited



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For information on wood species not covered on our web site
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