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Janka Hardness 540 (what's this? )
Chestnut is 42% as hard as Red Oak 540 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for Red Oak).
  • Flooring Trade Name
  • Botanical Name
    Castanea, sativa (according to
  • Lumber Trade Name(s)
  • Origin
    North America
  • Description
    Chestnut has a coarse texture and features a straight or sometimes spiraled grain.
  • Stability
    Chestnut demonstrates a high level of stability, superior to Red Oak.
  • Safety/Allergic Reactions
    Chestnut has been associated with respiratory allergic reactions, so care must be taken when coming into contact with European Chestnut dust.
  • Color Change (photo-sensitivity)
    Chestnut changes over time to a medium tan brown color.
  • Color Range
    Chestnut wood ranges from cream to tan with graining similar to ash and darker knots.

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