Balau

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Balau (Shorea spp)
 
Family - Dipterocarpaceae
 
Distribution - South East Asia

Characteristics: Balau is yellow-brown to dark-brown, with a fine texture and interlocked grain. Balau is slow drying with a tendency to split on the surface; in larger sizes it cannot be effectively dried. Balau is noted for its strength and toughness, and are extremely durable even under tropical conditions.
 
Working Qualities: Nails and screws need to be predrilled, doesn’t glue well due to its oily nature.
 
Uses: Balau is amongst the most important structural timber in its countries of origin. It is used for heavy duty structural work, bridge and wharf construction, sleepers, flooring, decking and boat framing.