Brazilian Cherry Stair Treads and Risers

One of our most recent projects was a staircase in a condo in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I’d like to talk about this one because it uses Brazilian Cherry hardwood that we custom matched to the existing Brazilian Cherry flooring that was on the main floor. The carpet on the stairs was worn out and the customer also had a dog in the residence, so we wanted to go with something that was hard enough to stand up to his nails. The goal was to take out the carpet on the stairs, and install Pre-finished hardwood stair treads and risers to match the existing flooring.

Features of Brazilian cherry – what is it, how does it differ from other types of wood?

You’ve probably heard of Brazilian Cherry. Another common name is Jatoba. I found it interesting that it’s also known by the name Stinktoe, named for how the fruit smells and looks. Luckily, the flooring made from this tree harbors none of the smell from the fruit.

Jatoba Fruit

Brazilian Cherry is one of the harder hardwoods, scoring 2350 on the Janka Harness Scale, which measures a wood’s resistance to denting. It tests the amount of pounds of force it takes to embed a small steel ball halfway into the wood. In comparison, Red Oak, one of the most common hardwoods installed today, has a Janka hardness of 1290.

Janka Scale

Generally, the harder the wood, the better it stands up to normal wear and tear. Brazilian Cherry’s hardness makes it one of the most durable wood flooring materials on the market today.
In addition to being very durable, it has a beautiful rich luster. It can be finished with a natural finish, and still maintain that natural red color and varied grain pattern. When you walk into a room with this flooring material, one of the first things that you notice is the warm tone and natural beauty of the product.

Brazilian Cherry Treads

The Plan
The Brazilian Cherry stair treads and risers were pre-finished off-site. When they were all done, we prepped the stairs by removing all the carpet, pad and tack strips, and cut off the stairnoses. We then used a stair jig to measure each tread to make sure the new treads would fit perfectly. Finally, we glued the new treads down. The result is an elegant staircase that fits right in.

Brazilian Cherry Treads and Risers

How it turned out
As you can see, the finished staircase has a warm red glow, and an even satin finish. Everyone was happy with how it turned out. The homeowner will get many years of beauty and function from their stairs.

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