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Hevea - wood, parquet, profileHevea brasiliensis is better known as rubberwood or rubber tree. The wood belongs to the tropical exchange woods.
Mostly it comes from South Asian plantations.
There, latex is extracted from the trees. After about 25 years, the tree stops producing and is felled. The wood of the trees, which are about 3 to 6 meters high, is very popular. It is practically a waste product of the latex industry.
Since teak wood may only be imported to a limited extent, it is popular to use inexpensive replacement wood. Rubberwood is one of them.
Hevea brasiliensis grows 20 to 40 meters high in nature.
The wood consists of sapwood and heartwood... It is bright yellowish white (dry) over the entire cross section. When heavily exposed, the wood turns yellow and turns pale yellowish-brown. The bark is light gray. Milk tubes pass in the soft bast of the trunk. The pores are medium to coarse, scattered and often arranged in radial groups. On longitudinal sections, especially on the radial side, one often sees clear and usually straight-sided pore grooves.
Hevea has a light and hard wood with a good density. The wood is finely layered but of uniform structure. You can cut the wood well both longitudinally and transversely well. It's easy to plan, bend and drill. The surface is beautifully smooth through the processing.
Hevea wood dries very well and quickly. The loss is
guarantees the products a significant dimensional stability.
When fresh, the wood smells unpleasant.
Hevea is resistant to numerous fungi, bacteria and molds.
After no more rubber is extracted from the tree, he is only interesting as a timber supplier. The wood is called "Rubberwood". It is trendy with its bright, warm color. In addition, it has a good hardness, higher than beech and oak. Since it is also insensitive to moisture fluctuations, it is often used for furniture construction. It is mainly used in interior design. Hevea is also used in musical instrument making. In addition, it is processed to Holzspielzug.
Rubberwood has a not so beautiful color when raw. By painting, the grain and its beautiful brown color to advantage.
Hevea is often used as parquet wood. It is of great hardness. The base shade is light, but due to the light brown grain does not look as sterile as other woods, such as European maple. The parquet is well suited for stressed areas. Also for underfloor heating the Hevea parquet is used. This is not the case with many light woods. Since the parquet is tough and friendly, it is often used for children's rooms. The wood can be combined well with different colors and furnishing styles. Kautschukbaum is available as Fertigparkett (Schiffsboden) and as Zweischichtparkter.