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Sample is -by-2 inch
square-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished
with water base urethane;
bottom with oil modified
polyurethane
.



Appearance
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.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Moderate to high color variation.

Properties
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.


Workability
SAWING/MACHINING:
Moderately difficult due to hardness; frequent sharpening of tools required; slow feed rate and carbide tooling recommended.
NAILING: Good holding ability.
SANDING: 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 drywood termites. Presence of minerals in some boards may cause uneven coloration.

Cost
(relative to plainsawn select red oak)
MULTIPLIER: 2.30

Availability
Limited



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For information on wood species not covered on our web site
give us a call at 973-471-7171 or stop by our showroom.