Meranti is a soft to firm hardwood timber. Meranti is not subject to warping or twisting and is dent resistant. Because of its stability it can be used for a wide variety of applications.
Meranti ranges from pale-red to reddish/brown. Due to the number of variations being marketed under the botanical species name Shorea, yet called Meranti, there will be some colour variation across the timber species. It has a moderately coarse grain but even in texture with an attractive ribbon feature.
Meranti is easy to work with and has good nailing, screwing and gluing properties. Meranti readily accepts varnish, paint or stain. Its open grain structure means surfaces should be sanded before finishing. It is readily used for a wide variety of internal decorative applications and window frames. As Meranti has a fairly high silica content, it is essential to keep all cutting tools very sharp as the silica will dull the edge very quickly.
Meranti is popular for use in a wide variety of internal applications such as joinery applications for mouldings, cabinetry, architraves and skirting, newel posts, handrails, furniture and panelling.