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Pau Amarello

Heartwood bright clear yellow deepening upon exposure; not sharply defined from the yellowish white sapwood. Luster is high; texture medium; grain straight to irregular.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Brazil

Scientific Name

Euxylophora paraensis

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.67

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.83

Janka Hardness

1790

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood colour ranges from pale to golden yellow, darkening only slightly with age. Sapwood is a pale yellow/white.

Grain/Texture

Grain is usually straight, though some figured pieces may have wavy or interlocked grain. Fine uniform texture and a naturally high luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement, few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; heartwood deposits occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; rays visible without lens; parenchyma not indiscernible with lens.

Rot Resistance

Rated as moderately durable in decay resistance, with mixed reports on its resistance to insect attacks.

Workability

Yellowheart is normally easy to work with hand or machine tools, though it can be more difficult if interlocked or figured grain is present. Yellowheart also has a moderate blunting effect on cutters. Glues and finishes well.

Odor

Yellowheart has a mild, unpleasant smell when being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity

Yellowheart has been reported to cause skin irritation in some people.

Pricing/Availability

A commercially important and widely harvested timber in Brazil. Good availability as lumber in a variety of widths. Should be fairly inexpensive for an imported hardwood.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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