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PHOTO COURTESY OF WINNEBAGO “For drawer sides, we buy baltic or Russian birch, which has a nice, clean white look, and is easy to machine.” REX ENNEN Over the years lauan has held its own against other materials as the preferred choice. “If we need to shape the edges on cabinet and interior compo- nents, we’ll use banak, a South American hardwood,” says Ennen. “For drawer sides, we buy baltic or Russian birch, which is low cost, has a nice, clean white look, and is easy to machine.” “For years, a decade at least, we’ve tried to find alternative mate- rials. The Achilles heel for other options is either its weight, because its got so much resin in it, or it absorbs moisture and water and be- comes like wet cardboard.” Stable materials are crucial for RVs, Ennen says, because of the climate extremes they may endure within short periods of time. “People might start out in northern weather that’s 10 below zero, and the next day the RV &R&VB&vW&R6FRFVЧW&GW&W26&V63FVw&VW2( ФGFW"vW&RVRvN( 2'fW2vV&vvG2FVЦB6f'F&Rकp4tU2eU%DU"tD4%B4U$4p( v^( &RFRF&B&vW7B&GV6W"bFv&R%g2'FW&6v^( 'VB&VB3RVG2F2V"( 626@6F&V7F"b&WFrf"6( 7BbW &GV7G2fRvB6&WG'BFW"vB6VG2W7V6ǒFRFW&"( ХFVǗvB27&F6F6( 267G'V7F&6W7227G'V7GW&&6Rf"FR&W&v72BV֖V62F@RWFR6( 2%bWFW&'2N( 26W6VBFW& VƖrB6&WBV2FW"'FVBvG26W6W06VFS&g&'&6VB7F6f"6&WG2'V2@FWGFW3VRg&6ǗvB&bFV6sff&g&'&ǗvB&bFV6sBV&W&6&Rg&Ф'&7FW2B&2( FW&^( 2VW7FF@'FVBvG2VW0&fFR&WGFW"&GV7G2f W"7W7FW'2B&WGFW 67B( ( ėN( 26WFrFBFv6FVRFW@2FW"&GV7G2&V6Pf&RFvFR&Bv^( &RFrGfFvR`F6R'GVFW2( )j%DTBt@S