Color: Cream-colored sapwood; heartwood is honey-gold to brown with darker knots throughout.
Variations Within Species and Grades: High degree of color variability
Hardness/Janka: 1375%; harder than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00162; 56% more stable than red oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.
Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily
Nailing: Can be brittle (like Brazilian cherry); splits easily.
Finishing: No known problems.
Comments: Respiratory allergic potential.