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Dark Red Meranti

Dark Red Meranti
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.

Working properties

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


Meranti Hardwood Timber Texture
Dark Red Meranti Wood
Dark Red Meranti Wood


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