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Exotic Hardwood: Amendoim

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Exotic Hardwoods Amendoim If you are looking to add a rare, exotic wood species with a pinkish red color to your home, you should consider Amendoim. Though this South American tree is not endangered, it can be hard to find. It is grown primarily in Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. The limited availability and rich color makes Amendoim a higher-end, exotic species for flooring that will surely "wow" those who tread upon it.

Amendoim does not darken in color over time, unlike most other South American species. With Clear grade, this flooring showcases an even pinkish red finish that brings an elegant beauty to any room. Using oil-based finishes can deepen its color over time or applying lacquer can help to preserve its rich pinkish red color.

While Amendoim is rarer than other Brazilian wood species, it happens to be a very heavy and durable product. Amendiom weighs about 3 pounds per square foot with a Janka hardness of 1,912. It resists dings, dents, and heavy traffic very well. Even with its sturdy body, this exotic species remains fairly easy to work with when using either hand or power tools. Amendoim is an agreeable product that glues well, holds polish and stain with an attractive finish, and nails easily.

The tricky aspect of Amendoim is it limited availability and form. In the United States, those wishing to install this pinkish exotic will most likely have to settle with standard, pre-milled lengths and widths. The typical imported length is 7-foot bundles and the width options of 2¼″ and 5". It is very difficult to obtain the lumber of Amendoim in this country with South American localities trying to support their local economies with milling factories. While this lumber can be imported, it will almost double in price.

The dense nature of this species, its finish versatility, and installation flexibility make Amendoim an attractive flooring option for any space needing elegant durability.