It is undeniable, wood has always been the most favorite material in making furniture or house building. Moreover, there are many types of wood and each of them has its own characteristics. Thus, you can choose the type of best wood that suits your needs and budget. There are expensive types of wood, such as teak, but for those of you who are looking for a type of wood at a more affordable price, sungkai wood can be the right choice.
The other name of Sungkai wood is Peronema canescens Jack and also known as sabrang teak comes from the sungkai tree which is widely spread in South Sumatra, West Java, West, South and Central Kalimantan, as well as Central and South Sulawesi. The sungkai tree itself can grow to 20-30 meters height. Meanwhile, the diameter of the trunk can reach 60 centimeters with straight trunk and shallow grooves and twigs filled with fine hairs.
Talking about its uses, sungkai wood is often used as a raw material for home furniture manufacture, such as chairs, tables, doors and wardrobes. However, due to its good strength, sungkai wood can also be used as roof frame and house poles. In addition, sungkai wood often processed into veneer which is used to coat plywood surfaces.
Even though it has a rough surface, the fibers of sungkai wood create a very beautiful motif and suitable to be used as minimalist style furniture with natural touch. Well, as furniture material, sungkai wood is also quite strong. Another advantage of sungkai wood is easy to process so that furniture craftsmen can save time and effort in making it. This also makes the price of sungkai wood more affordable than other types of wood, such as mahogany or teak.
Every thing has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as sungkai wood. This type of wood cannot be used as outdoor furniture, such as a table or patio chairs. This is because sungkai wood is not resistant to weather changes. Sungkai wood is also susceptible to pests, such as termites or powder lice. Therefore, furniture made of sungkai wood must be given medicine or wood pest protection liquid. In addition, the surface that tends to be rough is also a disadvantage of sungkai wood because it can disturb the comfort. However, you don’t need to worry because this can be overcome by using a special coating or finishing on the surface of Sungkai wood furniture.