My wife found a chair she likes at a local unfinished wood furniture dealership . . . never heard of parawood . . . but that's what it is made out of . . . from what I could see in a squick search it's the mature rubber tree . . . after it has stopped (or slowed down) in producing rubber.
What is parawood? An overview of parawood furniture, its pros and cons and some common issues. Do you know what is parawood? Has anyone heard about it? – These are a few questions that people ask about it. Well parawood is known by various names such as rubber wood, plantation hardwood, Malaysian oak, white teak or by its genus Hevea.
Parawood is wood from a Parawood tree, also known as a rubber tree. Parawood is also called rubberwood. Parawood is often used for furniture and wood flooring because it shrinks little during drying. It also has a condensed grain and is a light color that is easy to stain.
If your looking for a durable wood rubber wood isn't that bad, I think it is better than pine. I love to finish my own furniture and have done many pieces throughout the years using parawood and domestic woods. It is a medium to hard wood, it lacks deep grain structure, there is hardly any grain.
and know where to get some? An acquaintance of my wife has asked me to build a pub table to match some stools she has ordered from an unfinished furniture store near us. They are made of this parawood from Malaysia that seems to be popular with the unfinished furniture companies from my limited googling of it. woodfinder.com doesn't show anyone selling it anywhere.
i didnt preseal or apply a sanding sealer bcoz i was told that parawood is a very dense wood that stains well. i sanded to 220 grit b4 applying the stain. the 2nd coat didnt help at all. after 1 coat of thinned polyurethane i do not see any difference in the uneven tone of the wood.
Rubberwood is a light-colored medium-density tropical hardwood obtained from the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), usually from trees grown in rubber plantations. Rubberwood is commonly advertised as an "environmentally friendly" wood, as it makes use of plantation trees that have already served a useful function.
Rubberwood furniture is made from lumber harvested from rubberwood trees, also known as parawood. It's often not used in fine furniture, but rubberwood is a versatile type of furniture material with a light color. It's easy to work with, which makes it appealing to furniture makers.
Rubberwood is often the most misunderstood species of wood in the furniture industry. The name rubberwood invokes a variety of misconceptions as to it’s features and to it’s durability. Rubberwood (also called Parawood in Thailand) is the standard common name for the timber of Hevea brasiliensis.
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