At the top of the scale is Brazilian cherry with a rating of 2350. One wood that's off the charts is Brazilian Walnut, with a hardness rating of 3800.
Problems With Hard Wood vs. Soft WoodWhile it may seem logical to pick the very hardest wood, keep these points in mind:
- Soft wood can be hardened to some degree by the application of polyurethene finishes.
- Hard wood is nearly always much more expensive than the softer and medium-grade woods.
- Hard wood is more difficult to saw, drill, and nail than other woods, requiring more time and labor and, again, more money.