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Finishing ideas for Parawood tables, chairs & furniture

Q. To Whom Concerned:

My mother bought 4 unfinished chairs they from outlet store in Harrisburg, Pa. The tag reads:
Made in Malaysia, Mfg # 35, 02118

My questions are:
What kind of wood is parawood that I was told the chairs were made of? And what kind of stain should I use to refinish the chairs?
Thank You.

Edward Itle
- Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA

The cruel fate of the now extinct Blue Nauga

thumbs up signHi, Edward.

'Parawood' sounds like 'Paramedic' and 'Paratransport', so my initial thought was that 'parawood' was imitation wood, and that maybe a Blue Nauga gobbled up the last of the parawood shoots and they entered history together? But actually, parawood is real wood from the Heva Brasiliensis, the rubber tree.

Regarding your question of how to finish it though, I must leave that to those who have actually done it. Good luck.

Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey


Q. I own and operate a furniture finishing business, in San Diego. I came across your site looking for material on parawood. I am very familiar with parawood, we see it's stubborn dense wood grain mostly in inexpensive chairs and tables. This is my question: Does anyone know how to prevent "fish-eyes" when finishing parawood? I'm told that due to the parawood tree producing latex, that when the latex dries after curing and prepping for furniture manufacturing, it leaves a hard semi-transparent resin like knot. Needless to say any effort to stain over it is near impossible.

Nick Giovinazzo
Custom Finished Furniture - Cardiff-by-the-sea, California, U.S.A



A. Hi there. My Name is Natchada, responsible for marketing & sales for a parawood company. The answer of your question is Yes. You can't remove the fish eye of the parawood.

Thank you.

Natchada Honghirunruang
parawood - Bangkok, Thailand


Q. Is parawood good for kitchen table and chairs in everyday use with young kids? What is the best way to protect it?

Barbara Dimattia
consumer - Williamstown, New Jersey

Zinsser Sanding Sealer



A. Try using Zinnser seal coat sanding sealer =>
or shellac thinned down, then stain.

Joe Ward
- Sevierville Tennessee

December 20, 2011

A. I used a beeswax & orange oil finish which rubs on easily, and looks beautiful. it's called "feed-n-wax" by Howard =>

Polly Pillsbury
- petersham, Massachusetts, usa

November 17, 2013

Q. I am thinking of purchasing a para wood TV stand. I would like to paint it. I would appreciate any tips on doing this. Thank you!

Sue Reuschlein
- Lenexa, Kansas, USA

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