Brazilian Cherry Stair Treads
Brazilian Cherry has a reddish coloring that runs through out the wood, with an incredible consistency. The grains are usually tight and will definitely make a durable stair tread. It's one of the hardest woods you can use, to create a fantastic staircase.
If you're looking for a red to a light red stair
finish, Brazilian Cherry will provide you with exactly what you're
looking for. However, if you're going to build and finish the stairway
yourself, remember, it's going to be a difficult wood to work with,
simply because it's so hard.
Gluing = Good, Brazilian Cherry is a good wood to work with, as long as you use a high quality adhesive, you shouldn't have any problems.
Sanding = Good Luck, Brazilian Cherry is one of the hardest woods in the world and will be extremely difficult to sand. You get the power tools ready, because hand sanding, isn't going to cut it.
Staining = I wouldn't even purchase Brazilian Cherry, if you were going to stain it. It has a nice looking natural finish, already and you could probably get similar results using a cheaper stair tread that could be stainded, to suit your needs.
Nailing = Difficult, almost every hardwood is going to be difficult to hand nail or screw, but this is one of the hardest woods on the planet and is even going to be more difficult to nail.
Just to give you an idea what I'm talking about, Douglas Fir has a 700 hardness rating, Oak has a 1,400 hardness rating and Brazilian Cherry is at 2,350. That's over three times harder than Douglas Fir.
Wear And Tear = Excellent, this is such a hard wood, that it would be practically impossible to wear it down. The harder the wood, the longer it's going to last, if maintained properly.
Janka Hardness Scale = 2,350 it's one of the hardest woods you can find.