Coconut timbers are generally made from the trunk of the coconut tree. Coconut woods have excellent intrinsic commercial value as lot of furniture and other timber-based handicrafts are becoming popular in the market. One can also find electrical and telecommunication poles built with coconut timber; they are less expensive and possess higher strength. The material quality is completely eco-friendly. Compared to other trees, coconut has a smaller diameter and lower density; this means it can be used as structural material in building construction. Usually, the lifespan of a coconut tree is about 70 years after which its commercial is fully realized.
Coconut wood for furniture:
Known for its unique and stunning designs, coconut trees are mainly made use of for interior designs and flooring applications. That is why coconut wood finds prominence in the construction industry. There are three types of coconut timer available: High Density, Medium Density and Low Density coconut Timber materials.
Coconut trunk finds use as charcoal, besides its application as construction, furniture, interiors and flooring material. The charcoal from coconut tree is found to be better than other charcoal types. Most tropical countries that have coconut palm trees and plantations in abundance developed rapidly due to the growing demand of coconut wood and other coconut-based products. Generally a new plant is grown when the effective year of coconut tree is over. Therefore, most coconut woods are sourced from matured coconut trees which has less, if any, economical values. Here are some furniture types made from coconut wood:
Coconut wood has an almost near appearance to mahogany wood, with the colours very much the same. Therefore, this can alternate expensive mahogany wood types in the market. You can also find beautiful strips on the coconut wood which is not common in several other types of wood. Therefore, most furniture brands have turned their attention towards coconut timber due to its distinct appearance. Coconut wood flooring and interior decoration, as seen earlier, are potential commercial applications of coconut timber wood.
The application of coconut wood is restricted by the fact that the width and diameter of the wood do not increase much, with the maximum diameter limit of the trees being 300mm. Active carbon is also produced by the coconut wood which finds extensive application in pharmaceutical, chemical, paint industry and several other industries.