Meranti (Shorea spp)
Family - Dipterocarpaceae
Distribution - Meranti is the group name for a number of species of Shorea found in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Characteristics: Meranti has a light coloured sapwood and red-brown to dark red heartwood. The texture is rather course but even, the grain interlocked and wavy.
Working Qualities: The wood of the various species work well and in general are capable of a good smooth finish. Meranti can be glued, nailed and screwed satisfactorily, and can be stained and polished well after suitable filling.
Uses: Meranti is suited for joinery and general construction, and also for furniture.