Southeast Asian Rambutan, Nephelium lappaceum, is a medium-sized
tropical tree that grows within about 10 degrees of the Equator. The fruit produced by the tree is also known as
“Rambutan”. The earliest record of Rambutan trees show that they were cultivated by the Malayan jungle tribes
around their temporary settlements. Rambutan trees grow to a height of 35-60 ft. producing boards that are 2-5 ft. long with
widths of 2-8″. Very fortunate to have found this wood, and believe this is a one time project.
Rambutan is the hardest and most dense wood I have encountered, and was a challenge to me and my tools. The grain texture
is so dense that I decided to apply an oil finish which has resulted in a wonderful glass like surface that is pleasing to
touch. The lid and bottom are one piece.
I should weigh this box, but for sure the heaviest with
a presents of fortitude, and strength not found in other woods.
Another distinguishing quality
is the amazing soft beautiful color and grain unique to this wood.