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  • February 14, 2022

    Basics to Sanding Wood

    Wood Sanding Basics. Love it or loathe it, wood sanding is essential in every woodworking project. Sanding wood may seem like a tedious task, but it’s an important prep step before staining or finishing wood. In reality, it’s not that...

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  • May 27, 2020

    Chengal, Heavy Hardwood

    Standard Name: Chengal (Heavy Hardwood) Family: Dipterocarpaceae Botanica Name: Neobalanocarpus heimii Distribution: Tree grows under quite a wide range of conditions of soils and topography in Peninsular Malaysia, from low flat semi-swamp hills, but appears to thrive best on undulating...

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  • May 27, 2020

    Teak, Medium Hardwood

    Standard Name: Teak (Medium Hardwood) Family: Verbenaceae Botanica Name: Tectona grandis Distribution: Widely planted in plantation forest of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. Also available in other countries like Indonesia, but Burmese Teak being the most popular. General description: Sapwood...

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  • Angsana Tree in Singapore
    May 26, 2020

    Angsana Tree in Singapore

    Standard Name: Angsana (Medium Hardwood) Family: P. indicus Botanica Name: Pterocarpus indicus Distribution: Southeastern Asia, northern Australasia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands, in Cambodia, southernmost China, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Ryukyu Islands, the Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam Grown and Harvested in Singapore: A large deciduous tree that...

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  • May 20, 2020

    Tembusu - A Heritage tree.

    Standard Name: TEMBUSU (Heavy Hardwood) Family: Loganiaceae Botanica Name: Fragraea fragrans, F. gigantea and F. elliptica Distribution: Found in mountain forests, lowland dipterocarp forest, hillsides and some swampy areas Grown and Harvested in Singapore: Heritage tree, felled mainly due to...

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  • Balau - The heavy hardwood.
    May 20, 2020

    Balau - The heavy hardwood.

    Balau - The heavy hardwood. Widely distributed throughout Malaysia except in peat swamp forest. They are especially abundant in the hilly areas. The colour of freshly cut heartwood is yellow-brown, brown or brown with reddish tinge weathering ultimately to a deeper shade of brown or reddish dark brown.
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