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Species - Imported
Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish
Color: Pink, red or red/brown with purple streaks or veins; changes from pinkish rose when freshly milled to burgundy red when aged
Grain: Fine; straight or interlocked, can be highly figured.
Variations: Quartered exhibits flame figure; flatsawn has rosewood graining.
Sawing/Machining: Saws and planes well.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.
Nailing: Tends to split tongues. Pre-drilled and hand-nailing may be preferred.
Finishing: Test all products before using them on actual floor. Oil-modified finished will require a lengthy dry time.
Comments Origin: Africa
Hardness/Janka: 2690 (109% harder than Northern red oak)
Dimensional Stability: Average (8.4; 2% more stable than Northern red oak.