Light Red Meranti
Commercial Names :
Meranti ( Malaysia , Sarawak , Brunei ; Indonesia ); seraya (Sabah); white lauan (in part) Philippines .
General description :
This lustrous heartwood's grain is interlocked and wavy and the texture coarse but even. End grain surfaces may show tangential lines of white resin.
Very pale pink to light red-brown
The weight varies from 400 kg/m 3 (25 lb/ft 3 ) to 705 kg/m 3 (44 lb/ft 3 (44 lb/ft 3 ), but the general average is 550 kg/m 3 (34 lb/ft 3 ).
Specific Gravity :
Mechanical Properties :
Bending strength – Medium
Crushing strength - Medium
Stiffness - Low
Resistance to shock loads - Low.
Steam bending class - Very poor as severe buckling occurs.
Dries fairly rapidly with little distortion but liable to cup. Thicker material dries slowly with tendency to surface checking. There is small movement in service,
Working Properties :
Works well with hand and machine tools with only slight blunting effect on cutting edges. Takes nails and screws satisfactorily and glues well. Produces a good finish when filler is used.
sapwood is liable to attack by powder post beetle. The heartwood caries from moderately durable to non-durable. All species vary from moderately resistant to extremely resistant to preservation treatment.
Light structural work
Interior framing, and drawer sides and backs.