Malaysian White Meranti

Elegance of the Malaysian Meranti Wood, which we offer, is acclaimed by the clients all over the world. Giving a magnificent blend of beauty, strength and durability, this Malaysian Meranti Wood is priced at competitive rates. The natural appearance as well as the complex designs makes this Malaysian Meranti Wood the best for interiors.

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Malaysian White Meranti

Malaysian White Meranti

Elegance of the Malaysian Meranti Wood, which we offer, is acclaimed by the clients all over the world. Giving a magnificent blend of beauty, strength and durability, this Malaysian Meranti Wood is priced at competitive rates. The natural appearance as well as the complex designs makes this Malaysian Meranti Wood the best for interiors.

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HardnessModerately Hard
Common Name(s)White Meranti, Lauan, Philippine Mahogany
Scientific NameShorea spp.
Tree Size130-200 ft (40-60 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC).48, .59
Janka Hardness1,050 lbf (4,670 N)
Modulus of Rupture12,800 lbf/in2 (80.2 MPa)
Elastic Modulus1,485,000 lbf/in2 (10.24 GPa)
Crushing Strength6,850 lbf/in2 (47.3 MPa)
Radial Shrinkage3.3%
Tangential Shrinkage6.9%
Volumetric Shrinkage8.9%
T/R Ratio2.1
Color/AppearanceHeartwood is a pale yellowish-orange when freshly cut, aging to a golden yellow-brown.
Grain/TextureHas a coarse texture with medium to large pores. Grain is sometimes interlocked. Contains a high level of silica: over .5% of dried weight.
Rot ResistanceVaries between species, though usually reported as being non-durable in regard to decay resistance, and also susceptible to insect attack.
WorkabilityWhite Meranti is in and of itself easy to work, but it has a very severe blunting effect on tools due to its high silica content, so carbide-tipped cutters are recommended.
OdorNo characteristic odor.
Allergies/ToxicityAlthough severe reactions are quite uncommon, Meranti in the Shorea genus has been reported to cause eye, throat, and skin irritation.
Pricing/AvailabilityMeranti is widely harvested and widely available worldwide. It should be moderately priced despite the fact that it is imported, though some specific species of White Meranti are reported to be endangered.
SustainabilityThe majority of Shorea species are listed as being critically endangered due to a population reduction of over 80% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
Common UsesPlywood, veneer, boatbuilding, interior furniture, and general construction lumber.
CommentsSometimes referred to as Lauan, wood in the Shorea genus is very commonly used in southeast Asia, and there is an abundance of variety between the difference species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values.

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