Red Grandis: A Green Cabinet Wood
By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Posted: 09/04/2013 2:00PM
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Eucalyptus grandis of the Family Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus grandis, Red Grandis, flooded gum, rose gum
Red Grandis, also known as Eucalyptus grandis, has an average height of 160 feet at maturity but can grow as high as 250 feet tall. It has an average weight of 575 cubic kilograms with a specific gravity of 0.55. Janka hardness rating of 720 psi.
• Red Grandis wood has moderate hardness. It is easily worked with hand tools and machines and turns well.
• The material glues satisfactorily and finishes well with paint, stain and polish.
• The heartwood is durable and resistant to insects. Red Grandis is a wood that varies in color from pink to white cream to light rose but its claim to fame likely belongs to the fact that it is certifiably green. It is the trademarked name for hardwood from a plantation-grown Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus grandis) that boasts FSC certification.
The wood is described as straight-grained, medium textured and available in excellent widths and lengths in lumber, veneer and plywood. Red grandis is being touted as a possible alternative for a variety of hardwoods, including mahogany and sapele. Northland Forest Product’s tech sheet compares Red Grandis’ durability to dark red meranti or sapele with a dimensional stability that is similar to cherry or hard maple.
Red Grandis was the award winner of the Sequoia New Product Award at the 2011 AWFS convention in Las Vegas, for product innovation and leadership in the woodworking industry in the category of Green/Environmental Leadership in raw Materials.
Common uses include cabinetry, furniture, doors and windows, millwork, interior flooring, moldings, decking, exterior siding and trim, outdoor furniture and patio equipment. Plantation grown eucalyptus can be found in products by Crate & Barrel. The company uses plantation grown eucalyptus in a variety FSC-approved products and collections, which include chaise lounges, armchairs, tables, umbrella poles and more.
Cofusa and Urufor are forestry companies located in the north of Uruguay involved in the growth and manufacture of Eucalyptus grandis timber products since the 1980s. Uruguay, according to Urufor, offers an ideal climate for plantation grown eucalyptus. “Historically the country has had an agricultural and cattle breeding tradition and few native woodlands,” says Urufor in company literature. “The forestry sector in the country began its steady growth in the late 1980s as a result of government policies.”
About the Author
Jo-Ann KaiserJo-Ann Kaiser has been covering the woodworking industry for 31+ years. She is a contributing editor for the Woodworking Network and has been writing the Wood of the Month column since its inception in 1986.