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    Hi Guys,

    Help naman, my sister is asking a carpenter to custom build A dining set and sala set. Any suggestions on what is best wood for this type of requirement? durability is a primary concern.

    Thanks for your attention.

    DC

  • #2
    Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

    As far we know, Narra is the best wood for making furniture. However if your into small budget try using palosapis. this is a hundred cheaper than narra. it ranges from 12" to 32" wide ( but the wider the more expensive )

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    • #3
      Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

      Thanks for responding Doverdoods.

      I agree Narra is one of the best woods but might be too expensive for the purpose. I would invest in Narra for door jambs and main doors though.

      Will consider this Palosapis.

      How about Tanguile, is this good for furnitures?

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      • #4
        Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

        The cheapest wood for furniture now is gmelina. Mahogany is good furniture material too but a little more expensive, same with tanguile. Ipil-ipil is gaining popularity as a substitute for narra, looks similar to narra but a lot cheaper.

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        • #5
          Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

          Your best wood choice as far as cost, strength and availability is concerned, is Lauan. Just make sure the carpenter uses sound furniture construction(mortice and tenon, screws and PVA glue). Also, have him sand, seal, finish and top coat the furnitures properly. This will ensure a long and durable life out of your furniture.

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          • #6
            Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

            Any hardwood would do as hardwoods are resistant to termites and pests.

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            • #7
              Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

              where to source out this wood in metro manila? (makati)?(lauan, melina,mahogany, tanguile. Ipil-ipil)

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              • #8
                Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

                Joey if your starting out I'd recommend one of the not so expensive woods though try to stay away from the soft ones including pine. Although soft woods are generally less costly, they require a higher amount of skill, and VERY sharp tools. I also recommend you buy large stock. Large stock is always more expensive but the grain pattern is generally better so it again requires less skill. A large lumberyard will let you buy a big piece and have them cut it to the piece you want. Don't get shocked though by the lost material that you will have to pay for, you do pay for it just the same when you buy smaller stock.

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                • #9
                  Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

                  I like plywood. It is dimensionally stable, but strong. Also the surface veneer can be made of a very nice looking wood. It also has the advantage of being fairly predictable in thickness
                  http://www.officefurnituresquare.co.uk/

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                  • #10
                    Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

                    tanguile and lauan are basically the same, tanguile is a specie of lauan, if you want your table to last for a long time i suggest use lauan or tanguile ( bleach and stain after ) or other hardwood, i would rather not suggest gemelina and mahogany ( african mahogany, which is commonly called mahogany here, Philippine mahogany though is the lauan we call ) gemelina tends to soften after 8 to 10years ( nadudurog na lang because of the humidity) and ung mahogany mahirap iwasan ang bokbok ( even tried pressurize treatment still magkaka bokbok pa din)

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                    • #11
                      Re: What is a good type of wood for furnitures?

                      Guys i thinks the most popular woods for outdoor use are, in order of cost, teak, redwood, cedar, and pressure treated pine. and it depends what available the best would be either cedar or redwood ,
                      Last edited by SheedaPodri; 09-19-2014, 04:48 PM.

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                      • #12
                        unfortunately i got this thread very late any way..
                        use mahogany for furniture If you're going to made a wooden dining table, according to me choose wood like a mahogany, it is good resistance to shrinking and warping, softer hardwood, easy for carving. looks rich, hardwood is far more longer lasting.
                        Last edited by Woodenfurniture; 01-15-2015, 06:59 PM.

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