Color: Dark reddish brown.
Grain: Striped figuring in quartersawn selections; texture is even and very fine.
Variations Within Species and Grades: Moderate color variation.
Hardness/Janka: 2200; 71% harder than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change coefficient .00238; 36% more stable han red oak).
Sawing/Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; carbide tooling recommended.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: No known finishing problems.
Comments: Some respiratory allergic potential.