Taun heartwood varies in colour from pink to red-brown, darkening with age. Sapwood is a pale, pinkish buff, and not always visually distinct from the true wood. The grain of this timber is straight, occasionally interlocked and of moderately coarse texture.
Uses of taun in construction include general house framing, cladding, fascia boards, internal flooring, and plywood. Taun's properties lend themselves to decorative applications such as lining, paneling, joinery, cabinetwork, outdoor furniture, carving, turnery and veneers. It is also used for boat building and cooperage.
Taun is moderately hard (rated 3 on a 6-class scale) in relation to indentation and ease of working with hand tools. The timber saws and turns easily with only a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. It is readily bored and holds nails and screws well, can be satisfactorily bonded using standard gluing procedures, takes paints and stains well, and can be polished to a smooth, high finish. While taun is reasonably easy to work, sanding dust may be an irritant to mucous membranes.
ORIGIN OF TIMBER
Asia, SE Asia, Oceania
ORIGIN OF TIMBER - OTHER
SE Asia, New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sabah, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Tonga, Niue
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