COLOR: Heartwood is yellow after cutting and turns deep pinkish tan to warm reddish brown within weeks due to high resin content. Sapwood remains yellow, with occasional blue-black sap stain.
GRAIN: Dense, with high figuring. Plainsawn is swirled; rift- or quartersawn is primarily pinstliped. Curly or burl grain is rare.
HARDNESS (JANKA): 1225; 5% softer than Northern red oak.
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Above average (change coefficient .00263; 29% more stable than red oak).
DURABILITY: Natural resistance to insect infestation in heartwood; dense.
IMAGE FINISH:Top portion is finished with water-base urethane; bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.