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One Of The Hardest Commercially Available Flooring Timbers

Originating in Central and South America, West Indies, Jatoba (also known as Brazilian cherry) is a very strong, hard and tough hardwood.

With an elegant orange-brown tint (not quite as dark as Walnut) it is an exotic wood that would just barely qualify as a “darker wood” and will hold its own in any setting.  It is one of the hardest commercially available flooring timbers on the market that can hold up to the most rigorous of demands.

JSC Timber is proud to regularly source and recommend this FSC® certified timber product.  See how architects have created dynamic and unique impacts with this timber in the project gallery and contact us to learn more about the benefits of working with this sustainable timber
Tags: Sustainably sourced, Exotic, Fsc, General purpose, Indoor & outdoor use
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  • BOTANICAL NAMES: Hymenaea Courbaril
  • DISTRIBUTION: Throughout Central America and the West Indies to northern Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
  • GRAIN: Texture is medium to rather coarse; grain mostly interlocked; golden lustre; without distinctive odour or taste
  • CHARACTERISTICS: May grow to a height of 40M with trunk diameters of 1.5- 1.8M, usually less than 30M high with diameters of 600mm- 1.2M. Boles are well-formed, often clear for 12-28M and basally swollen or buttressed in large trees.
  • WEIGHT: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) 0.71 to 0.82; * Air-dry density 833-977M.
  • DURABILITY: Class 1 durable. Resistant to brown-rot and white-rot fungi; actual field exposure trials also rate the wood as durable. Heartwood is also rated very resistant to dry-wood termites; little resistance to marine borers.  
  • SEASONING: Shrinkage green to oven-dry: radial 4.5%; tangential 8.5%; volumetric 12.7% - values are low for a wood of this density.
  • PRESERVATION: Heartwood is not treatable using open-tank or pressure- vacuum systems. Sapwood, however, is responsive.
  • COLOUR: Heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown when fresh; becoming russet to reddish-brown when seasoned, often marked with dark streaks. Sapwood is grey or pink.
  • WORKING PROPERTIES: The wood is moderately difficult to saw and machine largely because of its high density, but except in planning it can be machined to a smooth surface. The wood has an occasional interlocked grain – care is required. It is easy to glue and finish satisfactorily, steam-bending properties comparable to white oak.
  • USES: Decking, flooring, furniture and cabinetwork, Tool handles and other applications where good shock resistance is needed, steam-bent parts, turnery, railroad crossties, treenails, gear cogs, wheel rims and other specialty items.
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