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Lacewood

  Common Name:  

Lacewood

  Botanical Name:   Cardwellia Sublimis
  Other Names:   Silky-oak, Australian Silky-oak, Northern Silky-oak, Queensland Silky-oak, selena, louro faia.
  Species Distribution:   Australia (Queensland)
  Endangered?:   No
  Tree
Characteristics:
  Tall and straight with heights of 100ft with a trunk diameter of 48".
  Wood
Characteristics:
  Straight grain with large rays - rays are especially visible on quartersawn Lacewood.
  Color:   Reddish-brown color with a moderately coarse even texture. Wood matures to a brownish color with age.
  Workability:   Good workability but a reduced cutting angle should be used when planing. The rays on quartersawn Lacewood may tend to tear out. Use sharp cutters and a reduced angle of about 20 degrees.
  Finishing Qualities:   Good - accepts finishes well.
  Durability:   Fair resistance to decay. High resistance to wear.
  Drying:   Dries slowly and can be difficult to season. Careful air-drying followed by a mild kiln drying is recommended. Checks, distortion, and splitting, especially in thicker stock, are expected.
  Kiln Schedules:   T3 - C2 (4/4)  -  T3 - C1 (8/4) 
  Stability:   Moderate after drying. Medium movement is to be expected in use.
  Steam Bending:   Good steam bending properties.
  Uses:   Veneers, decorative boxes and ornaments, plywood, and turning.
  Health Concerns:   Sawdust may cause skin irritation or respiratory problems in some people. 
  Comments:   Lacewood's attractive and figurative grain makes it a popular veneer. 
  Price:   Moderate - High shipping costs inflate the price of Lacewood in American and European markets.

 

 

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