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You might try the USDA Forest Products Lab Wood Handbook, Chapter 4. I don't think it lists bamboo, but I know it lists Ash. Additionally, it lists design properties for foreign species, so Brazilian cherry might be there.

Note however, that these are average unadjusted ultimate values. They do not have safety factors nor are they tied to a specific grade, so lots of engineering judgment will be required to use them.



John "Buddy" Showalter, P.E.
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From: CanitzCF(--nospam--at)
Subject: Wood Structural Properties
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

Are sites available where the structural properties for bamboo, ash and
Brazilian cherry can be located? I'm designing steel stairs that will utilize each
of these three wood species as stairs treads (approximately 10" wide by 32"
long). My to date search has only provided Sustainable Material information; no
structural properties.
Charlie Canitz
Annapolis, MD