Garapa (Brazilian Oak)


Garapa (Brazilian Oak)


Garapa is an exotic hardwood that  comes with a lower price tag than other exotic woods but still has many of the same properties.  It is a golden tan color, although it too will fade to a gray patina if not maintained with a UV protective oil.   Like ipe it is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects. Garapa will not heat up in the sun and will not easily scratch, warp or splinter.  It is a perfect wood for outdoor construction.

Scientific Name: Apuleia leiocarpa

Distribution: South America

Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 51 lbs/ft3 (820 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .65, .82

Janka Hardness: 1,650 lbf (7,350 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 18,530 lbf/in2 (127.8 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 2,257,000 lbf/in2 (15.57 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 9,030 lbf/in2 (62.3 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 7.5%, Volumetric: 11.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.8

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