Appearance

Color: Heartwood is light to dark reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone. Color darkens over time.

Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. Distinctive flake pattern on true quartersawn surfaces. Texture is satiny, with some gum pockets.

Variations: Significant color variation between boards.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: No known problems.

Comments Origin: North America

Properties

Hardness/Janka: 950 (softest species Black Bear Carries); 26% softer than Northern red oak.

Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.1; 17% more stable than Northern red oak)

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