Wednesday, February 17, 2010

thinking wood

Gautam had suggested i look at some of the American hardwoods. So i have cherry, maple, birch, teak, rubber wood and unlaminated plywood in mind.

Cherry - is close-grained hardwood and resists warping and shrinking. It reddens when exposed to sunlight. The wood has a fine uniform, straight-grain, satiny, smooth texture and red luster. Cherry machines easily, nails and glues well and when sanded and stained, it produces an excellent smooth finish. Moderately hard and heavy, strong, stiff, and moderately stable in service and has moderate decay resistance.

Birch - is a forest tree of graceful appearance, Straight grained and fine textured with creamy white to pale brown wood. Fairly heavy with moderate strength, stiffness, stability, and shock resistance properties. Works easily although wood tends to be woolly. Glues, stains, and finishes quite well.

Maple - is light and not very durable, and is used only in the cheaper kinds of furniture.
Generally straight, but sometimes curly grained with a relatively coarse texture With moderate shrinkage, maple machines well. Moderately heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with low bending strength, shock resistance and decay resistance. Medium movement in use. Resists denting fairly well. Sands and polishes quite well with minimal "fuzzing".

Teak - is a hard and moisture- resistant wood. It resists warping, cracking and decay.
Generally straight grained with a coarse, uneven texture, medium luster and an oily feel.
Moderately hard and heavy, with low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate bending strength, moderate steam bending, and excellent decay resistance and dimensional stability. Good acid resistance.Stains and finishes well although natural oils can cause adhesion difficulties.

Rubberwood - is pale cream to yellowish brown. The grain structure of Rubberwood is mostly straight. A cross-section of Rubberwood shows few concentric markings reminiscent of growth rings. These markings combined with the large vessels in structure give an attractive appearance with clear patterns on the longitudinal surface. Rubberwood is a moderately heavy timber.

Anyone know where i can find these in Bangalore?

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