Scientific Name: Shorea spp
Other Names: Dark Red Meranti, Lauan, Philippine Mahogany
Origin: Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sarawak. Meranti can be found in low-lying rain forests in low mountainous region.
Appearance: medium two dark reddish-brown, occasionally with light stripes. The sapwood will normally be a lighter shade of red than the heart wood.
Weight: 42 lbs/ft3 (675 kg/m3)
Workability: Meranti is easy to work, although the surface of the wood can splinter if blunt planning tools are used. There are no problems gluing Meranti.
Durability: Meranti has relatively good outdoor durability, but has a rather coarse structure
Preservation: Only the sapwood can be impregnated. Otherwise surface treatment of Meranti is easy, although there can be occasional color seepage.