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KEMPAS HARDWOOD FLOORING - WOOD SPECIES INFORMATION

Kempas Hardwood Flooring Species Information
Kempas Hardwood Flooring

The heartwood of Kempas ranges in color from orange-red to reddish-brown.  The sapwood contrasts subtly in color from yellowish to pale white tones.  The red coloring of the heartwood will darken over time. The grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy.  The texture is coarse.

BOTANICAL NAME: 

Koompassia malaccensis

ORIGIN: 

Southeast Asia - Malaysia and Indonesia

COMMON NAMES: 

Hampas, Sifai, Makupa, Thongbung,  Mengris, Keranji  Impas

JANKA HARDNESS:Hardwood Flooring Janka Hardness Scale

1710

DIMENSIONAL STABILITY:Hardwood Flooring Dimensional Stability

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RELATIVE ABUNDANCE: 

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INTERESTING FACTS: 

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 

The heartwood of Kempas ranges in color from orange-red to reddish-brown.  The sapwood contrasts subtly in color from yellowish to pale white tones.  The red coloring of the heartwood will darken over time. The grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy.  The texture is coarse.

COLOR CHANGE:

Kempas undergoes a medium degree of muting of the color range over time and a slight darkening to a medium reddish color.

MAIN USES: 

Kempas wood is used in flooring, decking, outdoor furniture. plywood, bridges, cabinets, fine furniture making and veneer.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

Kempas is considered more moisture-resistant than many other hardwoods.  This makes it much more resistent to decay.  The wood contains acidic properties, which can corrode metals that are installed adjacent to Kempas flooring.

WORKING PROPERTIES:

Like most tropical hardwoods, Kempas is difficult to work with.  Hand and machine tools can be blunted.  Pre-driling nails holes is suggested.  Kempas wood sand satisfactorily and finishes well.


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