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Jatoba


 

 

 

Jatoba / Brazilian Cherry
 

 


 

Formal Name: Hymenaea Courbaril

    


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Color:
The heartwood varies from salmon red to an orange brown. The sapwood can be wide and is either white or pink and can sometimes be gray. The heartwood darkens to a red brown when exposed to sun.
 

 

Grain: The grain is moderately interlocked with a medium to coarse texture. 

 

 

Workability: This wood can be moderately difficult to saw and machine, due to its high density. It can be machines to a smooth surface, except in planing. It is easy to glue and finishes satisfactorily. 
 

Physical Properties: Jatoba is prized for its pleasing color, beauty, and durability. It is one of the hardest wood species. Steam-bending properties are comparable to white oak.    

 
Uses: flooring, parquet, architectural details, fine furniture, cabinetry, stair treads, shipbuilding, joinery, and turnings. 

Interior/Exterior: Both interior and 
exterior.

Origin: Central and West Africa.

 

 

 

Machining
3 out of 4
Nailing 3 out of 4
Screwing 3 out of 4
Gluing   
3 out of 4
Finishing 4 out of 4

 

 

 

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