Red Grandis is a versatile hardwood and FSC Pure certified, which means that it comes from responsibly managed forests. Many contractors choose this wood for its many applications, durability, and resistance to fungi.
If you are looking for a cost-effective alternative to more expensive hardwoods like mahogany and Sapele, then Red Grandis should be ideal for your next woodworking project.
Origins: Where is Red Grandis found?
Red Grandis lumber comes from the Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus grandis) grown at plantations that have Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
Eucalyptus grandis is a native species from the eastern coast of Australia. The locals usually refer to it as “rose gum” or “flooded gum.” The tree grows mainly in protected areas across the states of Queensland and New South Wales. It thrives in warm climates, and some plantations of it prosper in Uruguay, Florida, and Texas.
Also, it may grow as tall as 55 m (180 ft) and at most 183 cm (72 in) in diameter. It has a specific gravity of 0.60 and is rated at 1420 lb/ft on the Janka Hardness scale.
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What are its properties?
Red Grandis stands out from the hardwood crowd. It is straight-grained, medium-textured lumber available in a variety of colors ranging from pink to rose and white cream. Some may find it very similar to cherry wood or hard maple. In terms of end-grain, Red Grandis has medium pores diffused in diagonal rows. It also has fine lines that are visible with a magnifying lens.
Many contractors prefer using it because it is extremely durable, resistant to rot, mold, and mildew. Therefore, it is highly unlikely to suffer from massive decay. It is also resistant to insect attacks from carpenter ants, termites, powderpost beetles, and the old house borer.
Constructors also prefer such wood for its workability. The wood is flexible and absorbs well glues, stains, and finishes. That said, it is susceptible to burns, so you will need to be extra careful if you have an open flame near when working with it. (Keep that in mind if you are installing panels near a barbeque grill or fire pit)
Some of its best properties include its lack of odor and minimal risk of toxicity. It is highly sustainable, so it will be a bit pricier than the average plywood, but it pays off better in the long-term.
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What are some uses and applications of it?
When you order it you will most likely receive it as sawn hardwood. This way, its dimension ensures stability during transportation, and the producers reduce waste and production time. Furthermore, it can then be cut as you please and use it for one of the many Red Grandis applications, which include:
- Exterior Millwork
- Interior Millwork
- Outdoor furniture
- Stair Risers
- Turned Objects
It is a great wood for so many different types of woodworking projects – indoors and outdoors. The hardwood is popular around the world for its performance, stability, natural durability, resistance to weather and insects, as well as for its aesthetics.
Looking for high quality Red Grandis? Get in touch with us today. Give us a call at (905) 672-8000. Tropical Forest Products is the trusted supplier of certified, ethically sourced, exotic hardwoods from around the world. Reliable delivery and millwork available.