Rubberwood Furniture - What is Rubberwood?

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Most of the wood furniture in my store is made with rubberwood and many don't know or are unfamiliar with this type of wood.  So I am creating this guide to explain what it is and where it is from.

Hope this helps when deciding on a purchase.

Thank you,   Julia   Click Link to see Furniture

DEFINITION OF RUBBERWOOD

What is rubberwood?
Rubberwood is a hardwood belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family
Rubberwood has very little tendency to warp or crack
Rubberwood-Eco Friendly!

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.

In fact, rubberwood is one of the more durable lumbers used in the manufacturing of today’s home furnishings. Rubberwood has a dense grain character that is easily controlled in the kiln drying process. Rubberwood has very little shrinkage making it one of the more stable construction materials available for furniture manufacturing. Like maple, rubberwood is a sap producing species. In the case of maple, it is sap; in the case of rubberwood, it is latex. Rubberwood produces all the latex used in the world for all rubber based products.

There is one more important feature of rubberwood that is very important in today’s world. Rubberwood is the most ecologically “friendly” lumber used in today’s furniture industry. After the economic life of the rubber tree, which is generally 26-30 years, the latex yields become extremely low and the planters then fell the rubber trees and plant new ones. So, unlike other woods that are cut down for the sole purpose of producing furniture, rubberwood is used only after it completes it’s latex producing cycle and dies. This wood is therefore eco-friendly in the sense that we are now using what was going as waste.

Do not mistake the name rubberwood when it comes to its quality features.
Properties of Rubberwood:
Density (kg/M3 at 16% MC ---------------------------- 560-640
Tangential Shrinkage Coefficient (%) ------------- 1.2
Radical Shrinkage Coefficient (%) ----------------- 0.8
Hardness (N) ----------------------------------------------- 4,350
Static Bending, N/mm at 12% MC ------------------ 66
Modulus of elasticity,n/mm at 12%MC ------------ 9,700
Source : FRIM , Malaysia

As can be seen, these properties compare well with those of conventional hardwoods . Thus we have the ideal substitute with the major difference that Rubberwood is less expensive, more plentiful and Eco-Friendly.

 

 

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