Species: Merbau


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Merbau
Species profile
Family:FABACEAE-CAESALPINOIDEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:Asia and Oceania
Local and common name(s)
Kwilau, Vesi, Hintsy, Merbau, Kwila, Ipil Laut, Gonuoc, Kalabau, Mirabow, Kohu, Ipil, Lum-paw,
Scientific name(s)
Intsia bijuga, Afzelia bijuga (synonymous), Intsia palembanica,
Typical use
Current furniture or furniture components, Interior panelling, Interior joinery, Heavy carpentry, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Turned goods, Tool handles (resilient woods), Bridges (Parts in contact with water or ground), Stairs (inside), Sleepers, Sculpture, Ship building (planking and deck), Flooring, Exterior joinery, Industrial or heavy flooring, Sliced veneer, Poles, Wood-ware, Hydraulic works (fresh water), Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Musical instuments, Vehicle or container flooring, Cooperage, Boxes and crates,
Risk
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Appearance
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Texture:Coarse
Typical colour:Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:74 (+/- 6) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,83 (+/- 0,05)
Stability:Stable
Static bending strength:115 (+/- 13) MPa
Durability
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable - sapwood demarcated
Fungi:Class 1-2 - Very durable to durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
Treatability:Class 4 - Not permeable
References
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

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