Common Names
Scientific Name
Pterogyne nitens
South America
Amendoim heartwood ranges from medium to dark reddish-brown with distinctive dark brown streaks. It has a straight to slightly interlocked grain pattern with a medium texture. The wood has a moderate natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
53-59 lbs/ft3 (850-950 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
1912 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
18,000 lbf/in2 (124.1 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,830,000 lbf/in2 (12.62 GPa)
Crushing Strength
8,800 lbf/in2 (60.7 MPa)
Radial: 4.5%, Tangential: 8.2%, Volumetric: 12.7%, T/R Ratio: 1.8
Rated as highly durable, resistant to decay and insect attacks.
Amendoim wood is moderately difficult to work with due to its high density. It has a blunting effect on cutters, and cutting edges need to be kept sharp. Pre-drilling is recommended for nailing. The wood holds screws well and glues satisfactorily. It finishes smoothly, and it is recommended to use a sanding sealer before applying a final finish.

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