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Jatoba ( Brazilian Cherry )

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jatoba brazilian cherry
DESCRIPTION Jatoba heartwood is salmon red to orange-brown marked with dark brown streaks. It has a golden luster. Grain is usually interlocked with a medium to coarse texture.
Weight is about 56lbs per cu .ft.
COUNTRY OF
ORIGIN

South America (Brazil)

BOTANICAL NAME Hymenaea Courbaril
OTHER NAMES Brazilian Cherry, Jutaby, West Indian Locust, Copal, Guapinal
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES Very strong, hard and tough. Has very good bending characteristics. High shock resistance.
WORKING PROPERTIES Moderately difficult to work due to to its high density. Moderate blunting effect on cutters. Nails poorly, but holds screws well. Glues and stains well, but does not take a high polish.
DURABILITY Moderately durable, but non-durable when a high proportion of sapwood is present. Very resistant to termites and extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
SEASONING Drying is rapid and difficult. Tendency for moderate surface checking, warping and case hardening. Slow drying is recommended. Small movement.
USES Furniture, cabinetmaking, joinery, turning, tool handles, sporting goods, flooring, wheel rims.
COMMENTS Second growth timber has wide sapwood of grayish-pink color and is sliced for decorative veneers.

Brazilian Cherry Lumber

janka hardness: 2820
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Jatoba

4/4
Small Quantities: $6.50
200+ bd ft: $6.00
500+ bd ft: Call for Pricing

Jatoba

8/4
Small Quantities: $7.60
200+ bd ft: $7.00
500+ bd ft: Call for Pricing
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Additional Photos

jatoba fireplace
Above:  Fireplace mantel built by Rob Pelc using Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry).  This can be a difficult wood to work because of the density, but the end results are beautiful & durable.
jatoba fireplace detail
Above: Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) Fireplace mantel close up details.
brazilian cherry logs
Above:  Some enormous logs.  Notice the small amount of sapwood on the Brazilian Cherry logs.
jatoba lumber
Above:  Picture of owner Rob Pelc inspecting some Brazilian Cherry logs in Brazil. Brazilian Cherry is as abundant as oak in the united states.
brazilian cherry being milled
Above:  Brazilian Cherry logs being milled at a mill in Brazil.
brazilian cherry being milled
Above:  Brazilian Cherry logs arriving at a lumber mill in Brazil.