Mahogany (Shorea Negrosensis) Also known as Lauan,considered the very best in Asia. The types growing in LUZON are generally harder and darker, while MINDANAO origin is a lighter and milder type.
MAHOGANY - (Swietenica Macrophylla) Swietenia Mahogany has been planted in the Philippines since the 70's. This plantation species can now be aquired on sustainable basis. It may contain some small firm knots, but is available in good quality for furniture purposes.
ACACIA (road side)Acacia Auriculaeformi It is often used for local handicrafts, and especilly suited for turning into bowls and plates.
NARRA (Pterocarpus Indicus) Narra is considered the most valuable wood in the Philippines, and is therefore very restricted. Most often used for furniture, flooring, and panels.
PILI (Canarium Luzonicum) Fruit tree with a nut fruit, also sometimes called olive. Found mainly in Bicol. Common in primary forests and low and medium altitudes. Common names: Antang, kedondong.
SANTOL (Sandoricum Koetjape) heartwood is pale reddish-brown when dry, imparting the color to water. It is fairly hard, moderately heavy, close-grained and polishes well. It is plentiful, easy to saw and work, and accordingly popular. If carefully seasoned, it can be employed for house-posts, interior construction, light-framing, barrels, cabinetwork, boats, carts, sandals, butcher's blocks, household utensils and carvings. When burned, the wood emits an aromatic scent. Next
Once the wood surface is prepared and stained, a number of coats of finish may be applied, often sanding between coats. Commonly used wood finishes include shellac, drying oils, lacquer, or varnish. Other finishes called "oil finish" or "Danish oil" are actually thin varnishes with a relatively large amount of oil and solvent. Water-based finishes can cause what is called "raising the grain" where surface fuzz emerges and requires sanding down.
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