Some of the weights quoted on this page are published typical weights, however
sometimes we get large boards in and we actually calculate the density of the wood ourselves. Sometimes they match the published
data and sometimes they do not. When they do not, we list our actual weights below. We feel this gives you a better representation
of the wood weights. This is important because most people choose the type of wood based on the weight. In the case where
the published data gives a range of densities (for example, 78 - 88 pounds per cubic foot) again we will give you our actual
is Janka Hardness?
Janka hardness test measures the force (in pounds-force) required to embed a .444 inch steel ball into a piece of wood up
to half of the steel ball's diameter. It is an excellent measure of how well the wood withstands wear and denting. For
example, Verawood has a Janka hardness of 4500. This means that 4500 lbs-force (2 1/4 tons) is required to embed that .444
steel ball into the surface of the Verawood until half of the steel ball's diameter is in the wood. This tells you that
Verawood is incredibly hard. Google "Janka Hardness" for more information.
Below is a chart which ranks
the hardness of the woods we use. Hardest woods are at the top and the softest are at the bottom