Technical specie specifications for Brazilian Brownheart from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
Brazilian Brownheart Flooring
- Scientific Name, Other Names: Vouacapoua Americana, Partridge Wood, Brownheart, Acapu, Wacapou, Bois Perdrix, Bowhanti, Ritangueira, Kabbi, Tjanaren Wakapoe, Tjatjaboetja, Wakabo
- Description: The handsome, dark colored wood is reported to be highly popular in Brazil for heavy durable construction and flooring. The species is reported to be a source of the best timber in French Guiana. The clearly differentiated sapwood is pale beige or nearly white in color. The heartwood color is described as dark brown or reddish brown, or maroon brown to dark brown and deepens upon exposure. Very distinct and lighter colored vessel lines are reported to be present.
- Janka Hardness: 2,028 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 17,390 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 2,190 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 580
- Tangential Shrinkage: 7.0 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 4.0 %
- About: Brazilian Brownheart is recommended for wide use in floor coverings of residential homes with heavy human traffic. Those who prefer hardwood floors in lieu of the conventional ceramic or carpet covering should utilize this hardwood product. This product is one of the most unique and durable woods on the market that will resist any sign of use and provide long lasting beauty. With the use of this product the covering becomes a permanent protection for the home or historic dwelling. The Acapu product is a very unique item that will not be found on the common m arkets in the United States. For those who wish to have something different this pleasingly warm and beautifully colored wood will be the center of conversation for many years.
- Family: Vouacapoua
- Tree Characteristics: Tree is described as tall and unbuttressed, with boles that are clear of branches for 50 to 75 feet (15 to 22 m) and a trunk diameter of less than 24 inches (60 cm), rarely reaching 36 inches (90 cm).
- Geographic Area: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, & Peru. The genus Vouacapoua is reported to consist of three medium-sized to tall and slender tree species with a limited distribution in the non-flooded areas of the eastern and northern regions of the Amazon basin. Wacapou is reported to be scattered in the forests in parts of Surinam and French Guiana. The best dev eloped trees are reported to be found in the Para State in Brazil.
- Color: Heart is described as dark brown or reddish brown, or maroon brown to dark brown, and deepens upong exposure. Bery distinct and lighter colored vessel lines are reported to be present. The clearly diffentiated sapwood is pale beige or nearly white in color.
- Photosensitivity: Color will deepen with exposure.
- Luster: Luster is medium to low.
- Grain: Grain is fairly straight, sometimes irregular.
- Texture: Texture is rather coarse, but uniform, and the wood is reported to feel harsh to the touch.
- Drying Characteristics: The wood is reported to be moderately difficult to dry. Air-seasoning prior to kiln drying has been suggested.
- Working Characteristics: Brazilian Brownheart is easy to moderately difficult to work and gnashes smoothly. Pre-boring is helpful for nailing. It is moderately easy to glue with care and finish satisfactorily. Clear oil works best to bring out color and longevity.
- Durability Rating: Very durable as rated by field exposure trials. Heartwood is also rated resistant to very resistant to attack by decay magi and termites. The product is resistant to water.
- Applications: Flooring, Cabinetmaking, Furniture, Bridge Joists, Stairworks, Tool Handles, Turnery Wainscotting, Bridge Construction
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