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Species - Imported
Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish
Color: Heartwood is uniformly pinkish to dark red, often a rich, dark red mahogany hue, turning a deep brownish red with age and exposure; sapwood is pale. Frequent black streaks with occasional ingrown grain.
Grain: Frequently interlocked or wavy. Texture is even and moderately coarse.
Variations: Moderate to high color variation
Sawing/Machining: Difficult to work because of high density and irregular grain; carbide tooling recommended.
Sanding: Sands well, but dust can stain fabric and wall treatments.
Nailing: No known problems.
Finishing: Red color can bleed into some finishes - a problem when mixing species.
Comments Resistant to termites and fungus. Origin: Australia
Hardness/Janka: 1910; (48% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability:Below average (11.0; 28% less stable than Northern red oak).