Cypress (Australian)

Top portion is finished with water-base urethane; bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.

Color: Cream-colored sapwood; heartwood is honey-gold to brown with darker knots throughout.
Grain: Closed.

Variations within species and grades: High degree of color variability.

Hardness (Janka): 1375; 6% harder than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00162; 56% more stable than red oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.
Durability: Excellent.

Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Can be brittle (like Brazilian cherry); splits easily.
Finishing: No known problems.
Comments: Respiratory allergic potential.
Information is from The National Wood Flooring Association
"Wood Species Used in Wood Flooring"