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Rubber Wood Furniture Kerala

Updated on September 15, 2015

Rubber Wood is obtained from "Hevea Brasiliensis" after the Tree is Used for Getting Latex

Tapping the latex of rubber tree
Tapping the latex of rubber tree
  • Rubber wood is sturdy and robust
  • Rubber wood is eco –friendly
  • Rubber wood furniture last long

Rubber wood is obtained from rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) which is abundantly grown in many parts of Southeast Asia including India. The rubber tree is cultivated on a large scale and in many houses on small scale to harvest the latex.

The rubber sheets made of this latex is fairly costly and is the source of income or additional income for many households in Kerala. The technology is so advanced that in modern day constructions, Kerala kitchen cabinets are made of rubber wood.

India is the third largest producer of natural rubber of which 85 per cent is grown in Kerala and the rest in North-Eastern States.

Rubber Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Kerala Kitchen cabinets made of rubberwood
Kerala Kitchen cabinets made of rubberwood

Kitchen cabinets made of rubberwood look modern and elegant

The tree after its productive years was cut down and the rubber wood was not considered to be of any use until recently.

Now it is known that rubber wood can be processed and made stronger and can be used for making strong pieces of rubberwood furniture.

Rubber Wood Bedroom Furniture

What are the Qualities of Rubber Wood?

Rubber wood after processing is light coloured. It can be stained with different colours i.e., from its original colour to dark. It has got very good density and screws and nails used for fixing the furniture do not come out easily and therefor longer life for furniture.

Many people who cannot afford original teak wood furniture would go for rubber wood

Teak Wood Furniture or Rubber Wood Furniture

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How is it Rubber Wood Processed?

After felling, the tree is sawed, and treated with some chemicals to preserve it. Rubber wood is susceptible to the attack of fungi and insects due to the absence of hard wood. To prevent this, the wood is treated with chemicals like boric acid, Copper Sulphate, Potassium or Sodium Dichromate, Arsenic pentoxide etc. Seasoning of the wood is done by conventional kiln drying and vacuum drying to reduce the moisture content to 10%

Processed rubber wood will have Light colour, attractive grain structure, good strength properties, good working, machining and finishing properties and good staining properties


Rubber Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Rubber wood furniture is called environment friendly furniture as the tree is felled after it served a useful purpose. It is difficult to differentiate the dark colored rubber wood furniture from traditional teak wood furniture.

Stained Rubber Wood Furniture

Black stained beautiful rubber wood furniture
Black stained beautiful rubber wood furniture | Source

Furniture made of teak and rosewood are considered to be of higher quality, but rubber wood is slowly making its presence felt with its good density and other qualities. The rubber wood rate is lesser than the price for teak and rosewood. It is affordable to many who cannot afford teak and rose wood.

Among all the wooden furniture, rubber wood furniture is establishing its place in the Indian furniture market.

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      SARAVANAN 2 months ago

      Hii..

      I am saravanan . We have sawmill with rubberwood Chemical & Kiln Seasoned unit..Now we are supplying RSKD Furniture grade rubberwood to various units..Any requirement pls call 9037808675..

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      Saravanan S Nair 4 months ago

      Hii.. We are the manufactures of Furniture grade KIln Seasoned Rubberwood at Alapuzha,Kerala. If any enquiry pls contact 9037808675

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      Antony 13 months ago

      hi i am looking for some leads in getting my kitchen cabinets fixed. THis article was very helpful. It would be good if a can get the contact details of rubber wood dealers in ernakulam or chennai. I am not posting my email or contact details but we can xchange the details if required.

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      I am sorry Jaimon. I don't have any dealer's numbers from muvatupuzha

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      jaimon1973@hotmail.com 3 years ago

      i need the dealer number in kerala. near muvatupuzha. email.jaimon1973@hotmail.com

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi Anil and Honey

      Thanks for the visit

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Hai ,Thumbi excellent work, congratulations

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi wilderness,

      Thanks for the visit

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Very interesting - I've never heard of using rubber wood for furniture or anything else. Your photos are beautiful as well, and show the wood to good effect.

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      HI shabushaj

      Thanks for the visit

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      shabushaj 4 years ago from india

      really informative...nice furniture

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is the first time time I have heard about rubberwood thanks to you! This specific type of wood is eco-friendly and durable which made it even more desirable. An informative hub with attractive pictures! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      sreejith 4 years ago

      haiiii iam an interior decorator i like the rubber wood

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi furniturez

      Nice to meet you

      I have few pieces out of rubberwood and they are really good.

      Thanks for the visit

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      furniturez 4 years ago from Washington

      Didn't even know it existed! A great alternative for those of us on a budget, thanks so much!

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi Algarview,

      Rubber wood furniture has become very common in India now.

      Thanks for the visit

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      Joana e Bruno 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, interesting info, I actually had never heard of using rubber wood to make furniture, but it has a very nice look. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Thanks Anil & Honey,

      I know, Kottayam is full of rubber plantations.

      Thanks for the visit

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Hai Thumbi,Good hub, I like your simple language.kerala a producer of rubber, especial the kottayam district.

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi Naimishika

      I like your name:)

      Thanks for your visit

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi Kris Heeter,

      These are very common now.

      In Indian market there are products from India and Malaysia

      Thanks for your visit

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      @Jainismus,

      Rubberwood furniture and kitchen cabinets are common now a days

      Thanks for your visit

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Namaste Dawnrichard

      I am glad that you enjoyed the hub:)

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Hi Dinkan,

      I have a rubberwood sofaset and that is really good.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting - I learned something new here! I had no idea that rubber trees were also used to make furniture. The examples you show are very nice.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      thumbi7, thank you for sharing this information. I didn't know that Rubber wood is used for making furniture.

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      Dawnrichard 4 years ago

      Namaste @thumbi7. It's a nice hub. I like it.

      Dawnrichard

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Yes this is fantastic as it is cheaper and sturdier than teak or rosewood. Rubber wood doesn't shrink when dried like other types of wood. So the next furniture in my house is going to be one with rubber wood. Sharing with my followers.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Namaste Christo,

      Thanks for the visit and comment

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Voted up, interesting & useful. Look forward to reading more of your Pages.

      Namaste, Christo.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      @alocsin

      I have a black coloured sofa set from rubberwood.

      It is robust and sturdy.

      Thanks for the visit

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      We get that here in the U.S. but it's mostly from Malaysia. I do like the wood though, because it's real wood and sturdy. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Swetankraj. Your comment helped in validating my hub.

      Please do come again.

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      Swetank Raj 5 years ago from India

      Great informative hub. It really gained my interest in wood and furniture, pictures are good! Being part of India it feels very great and also it ranks third largest producer of natural rubber.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thanks sweets.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Wow thumb beautiful furniture pics. Loved it and voted it up

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Mathira. I am also a lover of good furniture. I have a sofa set made of rubberwood stained black which I bought recently and that is how I came to know about these. I really appreciate your visit and comment-:)

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      mathira 5 years ago from chennai

      The photos and the information was good as I am an avid lover of good furniture.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thanks anglnwu. Your comments are very valuable to me. Have a great day-:)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to rubber wood. Growing up in Singapore, I'm familiar with rubber trees. I'm glad they have found use for the rubber tree after it has served its purpose. Love the pictures of rubber tree furniture. Rated up.

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