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5 Types of Local Hardwood for Your Home

Learn which types of local hardwood are suitable for your furniture or home

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Whether you’re buying new furniture or renovating your new house, familiarize yourself with the different types of hardwood so you can choose the best for your space. 

Photos used in this feature by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Knock on Wood") in the January 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

Keep these different types in mind:

Kamagong

Also known as Philippine Ebony, Kamagong is a wood unique to the country. With a black heartwood (inner region) and gray sapwood, this produces really dramatic, dark timber hence the name. Kamagong is ideal for small, decorative pieces.

Molave

One of the hardest local woods, Molave has a fine texture that makes it smooth to the touch. It is ideal for window frames, shipbuilding, structural posts, railroad tracks, and other outdoor applications.

Narra

Narra is a popular tropical wood that has tones that range from yellow to red. Narra is ideal for furnishings, floor planks, and wall panels because of its fine grain texture. The wood itself is lustrous and has an attractive odor.

Tanguile

A moderately hard reddish wood, Tanguile is one of the seven local woods often referred to as Philippine Mahogany. This abundant wood type boasts of fine ribbon or straight grain. It's relatively soft and easy to work on, but resilient enough for outdoor construction.

Yakal

This resinous wood with yellow to golden-red tones is another local mahogany type. A high-grade timber, yakal can tolerate harsh hot and cold weathers.

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