Merbau (Homé Hout, 2024)
Merbau (Homé Hout, 2024)
Common Name(s): Merbau, Kwila, Ipil
Scientific Name: Intsia spp. (I. bijuga, I. palembanica)
Distribution: From East Africa to Southeast Asia and Australia; (primarily New Guinea)
Tree Size: 130-200 ft (40-60 m) tall, 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 815 kg/m3 MC 12%
Shrinkage: Radial: 2.9%, Tangential: 4.8%, Volumetric: 8.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.7
Color/Appearance: Has an orangish-brown color when freshly cut, which ages to a darker reddish-brown. Color between boards can be highly variable. There are also small yellow mineral deposits found throughout the wood, making it easier to separate from other lookalikes. 
Grain/Texture: Grain is straight to interlocked. Texture is coarse, with a moderate natural luster.
Rot Resistance: Merbau is reported to be very durable, and resists both rotting and insect attack.
Workability: Glues and finishes well, though it can be difficult to saw due to gumming and dulling of teeth.
Common Uses: Flooring, furniture, musical instruments, turned objects, and other specialty wood items.
Comments: This wood has excellent strength characteristics, along with excellent stability, making it ideally suited for use as wood flooring and other applications where strength is important.
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Square edged Marbau - KD
Thickness: 27 mm
Widths: 80 mm