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Wholesale Jatoba Lumber Stock Information

CUTS: Mixed Grain
SIZES: 4/4 x 5, 4/4 x 6, 4/4 x 8, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4
DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
WHOLESALE MINIMUM: 2,000 board feet and up


Species Information

BOTANICAL NAME: Hymenaea courbaril

Jatoba is best knon as “Brazilian Cherry” in the hardwood flooring industry.  Other uses include handles and other applications where good shock resistance is needed, steam-bent parts, flooring, turnery, furniture and cabinet work, railroad crossties tree-nails, gear cogs, wheel rims, and other specialty items.

Brazilian Cherry
ORIGIN: Brazil, Peru
APPEARANCE: Heartwood is salmon red to orange brown when fresh, becoming russet to reddish brown when seasoned; often marked with dark streaks.  Sapwood is usually wide; white, gray, or pinkish.  Texture is medium to rather coarse; grain mostly interlocked with a golden luster
DENSITY: Janka scale hardness ranges from 2,350 to 3,290 for dry material
WEIGHT: 52 – 61 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 4.3 – 5.1 lbs. per board foot
DRYING: The wood is rated as slightly difficult to air-dry; it seasons at a fast to moderate rate with only slight checking and warp.
WORKABILITY: Jatoba is moderately difficult to saw and machine largely because of its high density, but except in planing it can be machined to a smooth surface.  The wood is somewhat difficult to plane because of the interlocked grain. It is easy to glue and finish satisfactorily; steam-bending properties comparable to white oak
DURABILITY: Very resistant to brown-rot and white-rot fungi. Heartwood is also rated very resistant to dry-wood termites; little resistance to marine borers
PRESERVATION: Heartwood is not treatable using open-tank or pressure-vacuum systems. Sapwood, however, is responsive
FINISHING: Finishes well