Rubberwood

Scientific name:  Hevea brasiliensis

Description:  Heartwood naturally a light blonde to medium tan colour, sometimes with medium brown streaks. Sapwood not distinct from heartwood. Colour tends to darken slightly with age. Frequently coloured or stained when used in furniture construction.  Grain is straight, with a somewhat coarse, open texture. Low natural lustre.

Properties:  Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Rubberwood tends to warp and twist in drying, though it is fairly stable in service once seasoned. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

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