Dark Red Meranti
Timber Specification for Dark Red Meranti
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Dark Red Meranti
Dark Red Meranti is a 100% clear grade hardwood that is native to Southeast Asia. It is often used as an alternative to Mahogany.
General joinery, windows, shopfitting, furniture, parquet floors, boat building and construction.
Colour – Sapwood is purplish in colour and not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Heartwood is dark brown to deep red and sometimes deep purple. Conspicuous white dammer or red streaks.
Grain – Interlocked.
Texture – Medium
Strength – High bending strength in air-dry conditions (12% moisture approx.). Compares favourably with Teak. Maximum crushing strength medium, which is lower than Teak. Moderately hard.
Weight – High – about 670 kg/m³.
Ease Of Drying – Slowly and fairly difficult to dry. Warping may occur. Thick material may check and end split.
Movement In Service – Small – Dimensional stability after seasoning and holds shape well.
Preservative Treatment – Heartwood varies from resistant to very resistant. Sapwood fairly permeable to permeable.
Sawing – Generally easy to saw but the presence of interlocked grain may cause sawn surfaces to be fibrous.
Moulding – Moulds easily to produce clean surfaces.
Routing – Usually easy to rout with machine tools.
Planing – Generally easy to plane and work in most operations, a reduced cutting angle to 20 degrees is recommended where there is interlocking grain.
Boring – Relatively easy
Mortising – easily and cleanly with sharp tools
Steam Bending – Poor
Turning – Generally good
Carving – Generally good
Screwing – Good
Nailing – Good
Gluing – Good
Polishing – Good
Staining – Satisfactory
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