Kapur Hardwood


Kapur wood, scientifically known as Dryobalanops aromatica, D. beccarii, D. fusca, D. keithii, D. lanceolata, D. oblongifolia and D. rappa, is a striking timber with a glossy finish. The sapwood ranges from almost white to light yellowish brown in colour and is clearly separated from the heartwood, which is red to reddish brown. The wood has a moderately coarse to even texture, with grains ranging from straight to spiral to deeply interlocked. Kapur is a highly versatile timber, suitable for construction, flooring, joinery and more.

Kapur wood is renowned for its striking figure, making it an ideal choice for those looking to add a unique and eye-catching touch to their projects. Its sapwood is clearly demarcated from the heartwood, making it easy to work with and allowing for a variety of creative applications.

Kapur wood is currently available from sustainable and legal sources, making it a great choice for environmentally conscious builders and designers. With its unique properties and striking figure, Kapur is an excellent choice for a wide range of projects.

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Also Called:
Borneo Camphorwood, Kapoer, Keladan

Durability Notes:
Kapur wood is durable making it ideal for use in general construction. Ideal for flooring and staircases. Also used for external joinery, in particular for door and window cills, as it is resistant to decay when fully exposed to the weather.

Kapur is not recommended for in-ground use. Kapur is used for external decking and outdoor furniture. Kapur wood requires no finishing and will not rot when exposed to the elements externally. Left untreated, Kapur will weather to a soft warm shade of grey similar to the weathering of teak. It can also been used decoratively to create internal fittings, plywood, joinery and lining, as it displays a striking figure. An attractive versatile wood.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinets, Flooring, Doors, Joinery, Decorative Panels, Musical Instruments, Boatbuilding.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 12-18% for KD

Interesting Facts:
One variety,D. aromatica, is a source of camphor.

Commonly asked questions about Kapur Wood

Is Kapur a hardwood or a softwood? Kapur is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Kapur hardwood or softwood? - Kapur is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Kapur family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Kapur? Kapur can be described as brown, dark brown, dark red, red, orange,

Is Kapur good for outdoor use? or is Kapur good for exterior use? Kapur is most suited for exterior/external use. Kapur can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

No suitable uses for this timber have been found. This database is constantly updated and uses for this timber will be added in the future.

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