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#1 posted 08-02-2014 11:14 PM

I am no expert by far, but I was intrigued by your question and the name of the wood, so I consulted the oracle and found this:

The word “rubberwood” gives the impression of a flexible, perhaps gummy substance that you must finish with special care. In fact, rubberwood is an attractive hardwood with multiple uses in cabinetry and building. It comes from the rubber tree, also known as hevea brasiliensis, which can grow 50 to 75 feet in height and whose latex sap is the primary source of the world’s rubber. When plantation workers cut down trees that have stopped producing sap, the durable and close-grained lumber they obtain is similar to maple. It accepts stain in the same way as more familiar domestic hardwoods.

  • Sand rubberwood with a palm sander just as you would sand any hardwood. Use 80- to 100-grit sandpaper to remove splinters and other defects and 120- to 150-grit paper to open the grain and prepare the wood for stain. Clean dust off the wood with a rag when you’re finished sanding.
  • Apply a coat of wood conditioner with a paintbrush to help the stain soak in evenly and create a uniform color. Let the conditioner dry before you apply stain.
  • Select any stain color for rubberwood to enhance its natural maple cream to yellowish-brown color. Oil-based and water-based stains penetrate its grain equally well.
  • Apply the stain to the dry wood with a paintbrush. Let the stain soak in for a minute or two, then wipe off the excess with a rag. Always brush and wipe with the grain of the wood—never across it—to avoid streaking.
  • Let the stain dry for several hours before you apply a clear finish.

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