Pencil Cedar is a high quality hardwood. Due to its ease of working, uniform colour, fine texture and finishing characteristics, it is highly favoured in Japan for prestige cabinet work and custom-made furniture, where it has been marketed successfully as ‘royal cherry’.
The timber works well with both machine and hand tools and has excellent moulding characteristics, producing a smooth, high class surface. Timber with silica present is harder to work with and can cause moderate blunting of cutting edges, but a good smooth finish can always be obtained.
Pencil Cedar is highly regarded for quality furniture and cabinet work as well as for premium mouldings. It has been long recognised as a prime face material for plywood.
Ideally suitable for high quality joinery including window and door, frames, louver blades, shutters, interior wall linings, mouldings and turning; and as a domestic flooring material. Also suitable for a number of boat-building applications including masts, spars and interior fit-outs.
|Botanical Name:||Palaquium warburgianum spp.|
|Standard Trade Names:||Pencil Cedar.|
|Other Names:||Red silkwood, bauvudi, sacau (Fiji), faibaru, maliolo (Solomon Is.) nato, red nato (Philippines) pali, njatuh, balam, punti, nantu, siki, soko (Indonesia) kha-nunnok (Thailand) Bauvudi, saPalaquium Species, principally P.|
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|Availability:||Available ex-stock in kiln dried sizes 100 x 100, 75 x 50, 50 x 50, 75 x 75 and 100 x 25mm.|
|Species information for this product:||
|Species:||Palaquium warburgianum spp.
|Density:||540-720 Kg/m3 @ 12% m.c|
|Durability:||Class 4: Non-durable.|
|Texture:||Moderately fine and even; lustrous sheen.|
|Grain:||Straight; although can sometimes be interlocked and wavy.|
|Figure:||Not relatively pronounced fine dark lines merging with paler background, back-sawn material may produce flame like figure.|
|Permeability:||Class 4: Highly resistant; heartwood is untreatable and sapwood is comparatively narrow.|
|General:||Dependant on silica present, no conversion problems if the timber is silica free.|
|Sawing:||Readily sawn with little dulling effect, more difficult if silica present.|
|Planing:||Excellent characteristics; produces a smooth surface.|
|Turning:||Excellent characteristics producing sharp arrises.|
|Nailing:||Easy to nail.|
|Gluing:||Glues very well with all adhesives.|
|Finishing:||Takes a high polish; sands well to a lustrous finish.|
|Structural Grade:||F14(select grade).|
|Hardness (Janka):||4.0kN (seasoned), 3.2kN (unseasoned).|
|Max. Crushing Strength:||42MPa (seasoned), 27Mpa (unseasoned).|
|Modulus of Elasticity:||12GPa (seasoned), 10GPa (unseasoned).|
|Modulus of Rupture:||70MPa (seasoned), 56MPa (unseasoned).|
|General:||Seasons readily and well with little degrade.|