/Getting to Know Indonesian Sengon Wood as Furniture Making Material

Getting to Know Indonesian Sengon Wood as Furniture Making Material

Sengon (Albizia chinensis) is a kind of tree member of the Fabaceae family. This shade and wood-producing tree is naturally distributed in India, Southeast Asia, southern China, and Indonesia. Sengon trees are widely cultivated by the community because they have good selling value. In addition, the growth process is quite fast and can thrive in all types of soil. Sengon wood is widely used as a material for making furniture and building materials. Sengon wood is usually used as formwork material or as building cast support in boards form. In addition, it is also used as raw material for the paper industry.

Sengon wood is a light to moderately light wood, rather dense, straight grained and slightly rough, but easy to work with. The heartwood is glossy yellow to ivory-brown; its strength and durability are classified into strong class III–IV and durable class III–IV. This wood is not easy attacked by subterranean termites, due to the presence of extractive substances in the wood. Sengon wood is commonly used to make crates, boats, house frames and bridges.

If you noticed the sengon sapwood, it is white and some are pinkish-brown. Some types are also bright yellow and brownish red. It’s main characteristics is not too strong and requires special care. In its utilization, this wood should be used for indoor needs. That’s because this wood can not last long for outdoor needs. If it is in direct contact with the ground, it can only last for 1 year to 2 years. However, this wood can last up to 15 years with special care, such as applying anti-damage for wood and regularly applying wood paint.

Many people use Sengon wood for furniture because it is easy to form and cut. In addition, the sengon tree is suitable as planting industrial because of its fast growth, at 3 years its diameter can reach 10 cm. The wood pieces originating from Sengon tree are versatile wood for light construction such as handicrafts, plywood, matches, musical instruments, pulp. Often called albasia wood, sengon is a type of wood that also widely used by furniture craftsmen to produce a variety of furniture, such as tables, chairs, doors, chests, and other products.

You can placed Sengon wood furniture in a place that is not damp and notice to the distance between the furniture and the wall, so that it is not attacked by fungi in moisture. If you are bored with the placement of your furniture, you can move it as you want. But be careful to move your sengon wood furniture, because sengon wood is not hard and strong like teak. And also don’t move this sengon wood-based furniture too often.