General: Often referred to as Brazilian cherry and is most prevalent in that country but is also readily available in Central America, southern Mexico, other northern South American countries and the West Indies.
Description: Heartwood varies from a light orangish brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Sapwood is a light grayish yellow, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is typically interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster. Very durable and rot resistant.
Workability: Jatoba is considered as one of the more difficult woods to work with because of its density and hardness, and has a moderate dulling effect on blades. Jatoba also tends to be difficult to plane without tearout due to its interlocking grain. Jatoba glues, stains, and finishes well, and also turns well on the lathe. Responds well to steam-bending. Be aware that like its domestic namesake its color tends darken with exposure to light.
Common Uses: Very popular as flooring and also used in fine furniture, cabinetry, tool handles, shipbuilding, turned objects, and other small specialty items.