Ipe (Walnut Brazilian) Wood Flooring

Sample is 3/4-by-2 1/4-inch square-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished with water-base urethane;
bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.



Color: Can vary from light yellowish tan with green overtones to almost blackish brown; exhibits a large range of coloration when freshly milled; darkens over time to medium to dark brown.
Grain: Fine to medium, straight to very irregular.
Variations Within Species And Grades: 


Hardness/Janka: 3680; 185% harder than Northern Red Oak
Dimensional Stability: Average (8.0; 7% more stable than red oak).



Sawing/Machining: Difficult, especially with hand tools
Sanding: Difficult. This wood is identified as dense and oily. Scratches are easily seen each sanding must carefully remove the scratches from the previous cut, or sanding marks will be visible in the finish. Suggested Sequence:
First Cut: 7 - 15 Angle wi
Nailing: Standard nailing involves using 2-inch cleats or staples driven at a 50-degree angle using a pneumatic driver. An optimal method is to predrill with a 7/16 inch countersink bit and hand nail every 8 inches on center and every 16 inches on the joist line
Finishing: Test all products before using them on the actual floor. Oil-modified finishes may not dry if standard procedures are followed. Moisture-cure urethane, conversion varnish, or water base finishes are generally more successful. Alternate method is sealin
Comments: Has been known to cause contact dermatitis.




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