Pros And Cons of the Most Popular Meranti Woods

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Meranti Wood is a flexible wood with a variety of subspecies, and sources. Majority of the meranti wood species are utilized for residential use and it is imported to the United States from Southeast Asia. Meranti is one of the easiest hardwood to deal, such as it easily cuts, machines processes just as sands. Meranti Wood is one of the reasonable hardwoods so it is utilized for moulding, furniture, structure, window, cupboards, and door trim for plywood.

Is Meranti Wood Good For The Furniture?

Meranti has the straight-grain consistency, hence it produces long, straight pieces of lumber. The Meranti Wood has the open grain, that should be Sanded then Priming before painting.


Meranti is one of the simpler hardwoods with which to work. It effectively machines, cuts, plants and sands. As a result of a specific measure of silica in the wood, meranti has a dulling impact on woodworking equipment. Steel sharp edges, bits and blades cut meranti easily, yet carbide-tipped sharped edges and tools are suggested for projects on a production level. Meranti has a coarse, stringy surface with open pores. The straight-grain arrangement of meranti implies it’s well disposed to planers and surfaces, yet a specific measure of interlocking grain can cause meranti to fragment. Interlocking grain designs result when parallel grain designs turn at 90 degrees. At the point when blades or cutters cut across the perpendicular grain, it can make the grain lift or chip out.

Meranti Wood Advantages/Pros and Disadvantages/Cons


Dulling Effect: Meranti Wood has a specific measure of silica in the wood because  it has a dulling impact on woodworking equipment.

Dimensionally Stable: Which implies the wood will hold its unique measurements when exposed to changes in humidity and temperature.

Resistant To Warping Or Twisting: One of the unique features of the Meranti Wood is that it won’t warp or twist.


No Resistance To Insects:  One of the major disadvantages of Meranti wood is it has little or no resistance to insects or decay.

Maintenance: While compared with other timber woods meranti wood needs regular maintenance such as regular varnishing.


The following table is based on the mechanical test results, the data for which are expressed in each case as 100.


Timber Maximum load in bending Modulus of elasticity Maximum crushing strength Side hardness End hardness Shear
Light red meranti 100 100 100 100 100 100
Dark red meranti 122 121 125 139 131 111
Central American mahogany 118 84 112 116 112  –
Sapele 96 120 169 157
Scots pine  76 86 74 77 69 87
Oak 105 86 101 214 181 135
Teak 146 108 145 186 137 122


Based on these values, light red meranti is practically equivalent to oak in quality properties, however, oak is much harder, while Scots pine timber wood has just around 75 per cent of the overall quality of light red meranti. White and yellow meranti timber woods are reported to have similar, properties to those of American mahogany, however with lower protection from separating in the tangential plane on account of white meranti.

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