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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.