Brazilian Cherry

Brazilian Cherry Wood Flooring
Sample above is .75" by 1.5 " inch square-edge solid strip. Top portion is finished with water-base urethane; bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.

Color: Sapwood is gray-white; heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown when fresh, and becomes russet or reddish brown when seasoned; often marked with dark streaks. 
Grain: Mostly interlocked; texture is medium to rather coarse.
Variations Within Species and Grades: Moderate to high color variation.


Hardness/Janka: 2350; 82% harder than Northern red oak. 
Dimensional Stability: Average (change coefficient .00300; 19% more stable than red oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use. 
Durability: Dense and very strong.


Sawing/Machining: Sawing is difficult due to high density; requires frequent reqharpening of tools. Planing is difficult due to interlocked grain. Can be machined to a smooth surface. Carbide tooling recommended. 
Sanding: Sands well. 
Nailing: Good holding ability, but due to hardness may require adjustment of angle of penetration and/or height. 
Finishing: No known problems 
Comments: Light-sensitive; darkens rapidly upn exposure to sunlight.