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    Hi all
    Just a question for those who may know about wood. I live in Issan, here teak is the main wood for house building, but is is getting hard and expensive to find. When I lived on Samui alot of homes were make of coconut wood, which is plentiful in my area but no one uses it for building. I need to extend [ 2 babies] Does anyone know how long you have to leave the wood to dry and what is the best way to treat it. Thanks Jim

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    Not much, but some links for timber of Cocos nucifera:

    Working with coconut wood | Working with coconut wood
    Properties of coconut wood | cocos nucifera
    Primary uses of coconut timber
    | uses of Coconut timber
    Coconut timber | Coconut timber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gipsy View Post


    Photo Traveljournals.net

    Not much, but some links for timber of Cocos nucifera:

    Working with coconut wood | Working with coconut wood
    Properties of coconut wood | cocos nucifera
    Primary uses of coconut timber | uses of Coconut timber
    Coconut timber | Coconut timber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks for that. Jim

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    We chopped down a dead/dying coconut tree and then cut into roof batons using a chainsaw. I think they charged B17 per meter.

    The outside is very hard, termites won't touch it. If your nailing into it, this should be done before it dries, otherwise it's too hard.

    Somebody told me whole trunks can be used, from memory he talked about taking away a small middle section at the bottom and inserting a cone shaped piece of pine that had been treated in arsenic. Although this sounds a bit nasty, he's a consultant on sustainable building and assured me it was fine.

    I think there is a lot of potential for coco wood as there's plenty of availability. I'm guessing we don't here much about it is because it's grown in tropical countries where there isn't such an emphasis on sustainable building.

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    building with coconut logs

    I am considering buildling a house using entire trunks of coconut wood as columns. Any advise on the best way to preserve the wood would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithson
    I'm guessing we don't here much about it is because it's grown in tropical countries where there isn't such an emphasis on sustainable building.
    we are in a tropical country; as for sustainable bulding, a lot of the trad houses are just that

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