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Common Name(s): Brazilian Redwood, Paraju, Massaranduba
Botanical Name: Manilkara bidentata
Woodworking Qualities: Paraju sands very well and polishes to a smooth surface and is easy to saw. Gluing and nailing can be problematic, with the suggesting for pre-boring any holes for nails.
Janka Rating: In going with the pattern for Brazilian Hardwoods, Massaranduba holds claim to one of the highest Janka ratings out there at 3190.
Species Characteristics: With a high resistance to termites and decay, Brazilian Redwood carries traits useful in outdoor decking. After a sometimes difficult drying process, this species is extremely moisture resistant.
Appearance: The sapwood of this species is white to light brown, whereas the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. It has a slight luster apparent after sanding and polishing that pronounces its coloring.
Color Change: This species of wood will take on a darker red coloring within the first two or three months after installation, depending on the amount of sunlight it receives.
Uses: Primary uses for this wood include hardwood flooring, cabinetry, and furniture.
Brazilian Redwood Origin:
Brazilian Redwood comes from Central and Southern America.