The rubber tree, whose scientific name is Hevea BrasiliensisIts main commercial or industrial use is the production of latex. With the reduction in the production of this material, around the age of 25, the tree is felled to obtain the rubber tree.

It is also known as parawood, Malaysian oak, rubber or white teak.

The sale of this raw wood is not frequent. The import of furniture and utensils made with rubber wood from Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand …) is much more important, where today the largest farms are located. However, it is not native to this area, it is a rainforest in the Amazon.

Features of Rubber or Hevea wood

Color: Light gold with brown tones and brown streaks. There are no major differences between heartwood and sapwood. It tends to get darker over time. Little natural shine.

Fiber: Direct.

Grain: Thick.

Density: Approximately 600 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.

Toughness: Kind of difficult. Janka 960 lbf (4,280 N), 3.0 Monnin.

Durability: It is not considered a durable wood. That is, it decomposes with some ease and is susceptible to attack by fungi and insects. Therefore, its use outdoors is not recommended.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.41%. Moderately nervous.

Mechanical properties:

  • Breaking module: 66 N / mm2.
  • Modulus of elasticity: 9,240 N / mm2
  • Compression parallel to fiber: 32 N / mm2
  • Compression perpendicular to the fiber: 5 N / mm2

Workability:

  • Easy sawing.
  • It tends to curl during the drying process. Although once dry, it is quite stable.
  • Easy brushing.
  • It is easy to work with mechanical and manual tools. Good results against folds and curves.
  • It accepts glues and ends well.
  • Although it is not a tree considered to cause allergic reactions, it is recommended that those allergic to latex do not come into contact with it.

EM As for the price of rubber wood is low. Keep in mind that it’s a by-product, since the main objective is to obtain latex. In fact, this wood was initially burned and used as fuel.

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Uses of Rubber or Hevea wood

  • Affordable furniture. It is one of the most used woods for the manufacture of consumer furniture in Asia. In many cases, for export.
  • Interior carpentry.
  • Kitchen utensils: chopping boards, spoons …
  • Toys.
  • Manufacture of chipboard and, to a lesser extent, plywood.