I'm being strongly discouraged from getting 5" wide (solid) brazilian walnut for installation in my Northern NJ home. It seems that Brazilian Walnut and also Brazilian Teak are two woods that are not particularly stable given the changing climate. I'm also being told that 3" or 3 1/4" widths are perfectly fine though for those woods. (Also 5" Brazilian Cherry or Santos Mahogany are stable enough).
I'm not going to press my luck with the 5" wide...but I'm curious if anyone else can support or refute the stability claims?
Hi, Jatoba is (I believe) Brazilian Cherry...which I was told is stable at 5" widths, so you shouldn't have a problem. It's just Teak (Cumaru) or Walnut (IPE) that are significant stability risk for the NorthEast US Climate.
Again, this is what the rep from Brazilianhardwood.com has told me.
Dan and his counterparts aren't too crazy about wider solid hardwoods because of cupping issues. I forgot about that. But there is an option of glueing and fastening this product. PL400 in caulk tubes or a full spread urethane glue. Only problem is it can get real messy and add to the cost by as much as $ 1.00 per square foot with the spread method.