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Species - Imported

Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish


Color: Heartwood varies from yellow-brown to dark golden brown; turns rich brown under exposure to sunlight. Sapwood is a lighter cream color.

Grain:  Straight; coarse, uneven texture.

Variations:  Within Species And Grades: Moderate to high color variation.


Sawing/Machining: Moderate ease in working with hand and machine tools; silica in wood dulls tools quickly; carbide tooling is recommended.

Sanding: Clogs abrasives; frequent sandpaper changes are required. Generally difficult to sand - it may dish out if screened too much with a dull screen, and the edger digs easily.

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Natural oils may interfere with adhesion and drying of some finishes. To reduce the wood's tendency to repel finish coats, surface resins may be removed with a 100% pure solvent (not recycled) that is compatible with the finish to be used.
Comments Has an oily feel. Respiratory and dermatological allergic potential. Origin: Asia


Hardness/Janka: Average of 1000; (16% softer than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (5.8; 33% more stable than Northern red oak).

Durability: Availability

Readily available.

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