"Brazilian cherry" aka jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril) is the tree from which copal resin (used in varnish making) comes.
I built a couple of cutting boards out of the stuff -- 8/4 x 18 x 30. Construction was biscuits with System Three epoxy. Seemed to take epoxy well and the one I have is still holding up quite well (the others were for charity auctions). None of the joints has opened in the least and it's been through the dishwasher a number of times.
What I noticed with it is that the grain is, or can be rather interlocked and reversing, as well as somewhat fuzzy. It seemed rather prone to tearout, probably due to the grain reversal, when planing, either with a thickness planer or with a hand plane.
Here's the FPL factsheet on H. courbaril. It looks to beat white oak, live oak, hickory and locust as far as modulus of elasticity goes and it walks away from them in compression loading and bending strength categories.
The FPL notes that in the durability department, "Laboratory evaluations rate the wood very resistant to brown-rot and white-rot fungi; actual field exposure trials also rate the wood as very durable. Heartwood is also rated very resistant to dry-wood termites; little resistance to marine borers."
It supposedly steam-bends about as well as white oak.
It's also stable: "Shrinkage green to ovendry: radial 4.5%; tangential 8.5%; volumetric 12.7%". Compare to white oak at 4.4/8.8/12.7 percent.
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