Mango wood for furniture
mango wood has nice, unique and irregular grain pattern
Mango trees are one of the many fruit trees grew and developed as fruit source. The mango tree grows and much available in tropic and subtropical areas. Mango tree can grow fast in the area with the climate and soil is suitable for him. India listed as one the world’s largest mango producer. We can find this tree an large amount in the other tropical countries like Brazil, China, Indonesia.
Mango wood for furniture.
The uses of mango wood for furniture substrate is recently begun, probably started in about four or five years ago. Since the economical reason, the furniture industry players in Indonesia are always trying to find the new wood species as a substitution for the existing timber. Mahogany and teak are increasingly expensive and the sourcing is become difficult, while the other wood such as oak, maple, pine, are imported wood that are also difficult to be sourced. They started to use and introduced mango wood for furniture substrate few years ago. And it turned out the mango wood was suitable for furniture raw material. He has characters that are well suited to the needs of the furniture industry, while his price is relatively cheap and his sourcing is quite easy. Since that the mango wood is then began popular as a raw material for making furniture. In the beginning they used the mango solid just to make the solid parts combined with the import veneers such as maple, mahogany, ash, etc. But now with the growing popularity of this wood there are lot of uses of mango veneer for panels and big surface parts.
This mango wood has a medium hardness and medium weight make it is relatively easily to be formed and handled in the manufacturing of furniture. The mango wood has medium size pores, almost like the pores of the mahogany wood with unique pattern grain. His grain has an irregular pattern and can be varied depend on the wood species and the place he grew. The grain and pore variation sometimes is so far that will affect the finishing looked, since that the selection and arrangement of wood from the beginning process should be made to obtain the good matching in the final looked.
Mango wood has a yellow white base color, so can be finished to many colors easily. It can be used in combination with other white veneer such as maple, tulip, ash, and even oak or mahogany.
But however this wood has some disadvantages properties. Like the other wood he has his own his difficulties characters that need to understand to explore this wood.
mango wood with dark finish
There some things that must be considered in dealing with the mango wood:
Turn mite and insects in the mango wood.
The mango wood is very easy to get bug attack. It is a fruit tree which is considered as a sweet tree, so there are many insect like it. There are many cases where the mango wood furniture are got problem with the turn mite, or bug. Since that the appropriate treatment is necessary for this timber. A freshly cut mango tree should be immersed in a chemical liquid before start to be processed and brought into the production process.
Blue stain on the mango wood.
This wood is also quite easy to be overgrown with fungi that cause blue stain if not dried properly. Freshly cut wood must be processed and dried appropriately to prevent mold and blue stain. For antique finishing, a slightly blue stain sometimes is accepted since it will create and unique and more attractive appearance. But for some finishes it will ruin the overall finishing looked, especially for the light and clean finishing looked.
mango wood with light finish
Finishing for mango wood.
Mango wood has a unique pattern of grain and pores. He has strong characters of grain with irregular pattern. His grain pattern also may vary from one to another. To make furniture with good match in the final looked, we need to match the grain pattern of the wood in the beginning of production process. A good match in the wood and veneer setting will avoid the “odd” looked caused by the variation of the wood grain pattern.
This wood has irregular and busy grain, with some spots of knot on several places, so it very suitable to make a transparent antique looked furniture. Finishing with a transparent color will advertise his unique grain characters maximally. While antique finishing is the most widely used for this wood since it is along with his grain and wood characters. His busy grain is very suitable to make an antique furniture.
The mango wood has a light base color with little yellow so it can be stained and colored with many color. With the right stain, finishing with light color can be made with this wood as well as the dark color.
The wood has quite lot of pores, a good filler is needed to make a close pores finish for this wood. But it is rather rare to finish this wood in a close pores finish, since his grain pattern. The antique, open pores finish with light color is the most popular finish for the mango wood.