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Old 01-27-2014, 12:23 AM   #1
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Hey Guys

Has anyone here used Brazilian Walnut for hardwood flooring? I love the look of it, and I'm told it's almost indestructable. However, I have heard it's a total pain in the butt to work with, any input appreciated!

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Old 01-27-2014, 07:12 PM   #2
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Aka Ipe. It's very hard stuff. One of the hardest on the Janka scale. I believe it needs to be predrilled and nailed or screwed by hand, I'm not positive though.
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I did a continuous Ipe 3 flight handrail once, never again. It is unbelievably hard to work with and very hard on tools.
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Keith, what did you use to glue it? I tried west systems, gorrila glue and titebond 1. None seemed to work. I didn't try titebond 3 though
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What would you guys recommend as a compromise? I want something durable, and nice.i really like the "tigerwood" as well, but, it's hard to find
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Millertyme,

It was a cap on a metal rail. I used gorilla glue and dominos but I think the real holding power was the screws every few inches through the metal rail. It was one of those jobs where you wanted out after the first day. In the end the customer loved it- me not so much.
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I built a deck out of ipe. Had to predrill everything, but that was not a real problem. Carbide saw cut it very nicely. It all worked out fine. Could not glue it however, even with very expensive epoxy glue.
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I need it for a small living room in front of my gas fireplace at my cottage, around 200 sq.ft.
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As long as you don't have to mill or glue it. Its just the extra time fastening it. But only 200 feet go with what you like and have no regrets. Just keep in mind although the wood is durable sometimes the finish isn't. So scratches will still show in the finish.
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Sounds good

It will see considerable foot traffic (and weather changes when I am not there in the winter) so, something hard and durable is a must. I don't mind if it's a bit of a pain to install since it's a small space and I will be only be doing once, hopefully!
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I used cumaru, another of the Brazilian hardwoods. Otherwise known as Brazilian teak. I love it, and it was easy to install, not much different than any other hardwood flooring. It was pre-finished and has worn extremely well. It ranks right behind the Brazilian walnut on the Janka scale. I also used Jatoba, which was unfinished and raw, and it was ok to work with.
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Thanks Northern!

I will look into that, sounds like another potential option!
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Mesquite is a handsome floor----and also hard and water tolerant.--Just a thought---it's not popular so finding a source might be difficult.
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