The timber durability chart (on my website!) All Rights Reserved. The Philippine Islands, as well as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia, produce a great variety of hardwoods. Thank you, looking for a light weight mahogany replacement to use in our wood water skis we have been using African Mahogany for many years but it is getting hard to find consistent lumber .Any help would be greatly appreciated. Meranti, unlike some tropical woods (teak, for instance), does not contain extractives or traces of silica, so all types of woodworking glues work well. Shannon is a wood nerd, nuff said. Meranti is actually a better exterior grade species than the original “Philippine Mahogany” ever was. Required fields are marked *. But unlike some types of pine and fir that yield long splinters, those of meranti tend to be short. Philippine Mahogany is synonymous with boat building, thanks to the iconic Chris Craft boats from the 1930-60s. Chipping, occasional brittleness, and its open grain defeat attempts at fine detail that you might want to create. That's the story behind Philippine mahogany. You'll have better luck turning off the lathe to finish. Times have changed, however, and the iconic wooden boats of yore are no longer made with the same Philippine Mahogany. Most of the “Mahogany” marketed species are not nearly as durable as the Jatobas and Ipes and Cumarus because they are so much less dense with less resin and oil. As veneer, much of it becomes plywood, plywood paneling, cabinets, and hollow-core doors. Boat building tests wood in a way that nothing else will, so if a particular wood is good enough for that, then trim, windows, or siding have nothing to fear. Plane meranti to thickness by taking shallow cuts to avoid chipping and tearing. The Philippine Mahogany that was made so famous by the classic Chris Craft boats of last century was actually not terribly rot resistant, and the bugs loved the stuff. Meranti traditionally grows in well-drained soils at low altitudes. So when asked if the species will be good for exterior projects, we answer with a strong yes. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a7fcabcfb603abb2d55b2252d6c01de9" );document.getElementById("i37c716653").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Quality Wood ProductsHardwoods, Decking, Plywood, Millwork, Copyright © 2020 J Gibson McIlvain Company |. Hello, I am a custom door and gate builder and having been using Meranti now for about 10 years.. Any exceptions-and special tips pertaining to this issue's featured wood species-appear under other headings on this page. Light-red and dark-red meranti produce medium-to-coarse textured wood that ranges in color from pale pink to brown and reddish-brown. Not so with meranti. And you may find brittleness in some boards. And in that family, the Shorea species has five distinct, commercially important trees named meranti. really interesting explanation, I’m looking to resurface the deck on a small river boat and came a cross some strips of meranti for sale and had not come across the name but advert also used the term Phillippine mahogany . A lumberman's dream, it will also be branch free for 90'. I solved the problem by coming to work for McIlvain, LOL. I’ve used the WOOD magazine “Drill Press Speed Chart” (woodmagazine.com/charts) for years, trying... read more. Screws (predrill for these) and nails hold well in meranti. I suspect your best bet is to stick with African but get more specific about which species you source. It might save you a few bucks, your tools will thank you, and you can bet it will be durable enough to stand up to the tests that Mother Nature can throw at it. Its colour varies from light brown to a reddish purple. Medium-to-coarse-grained meranti rips easily, but unless you use a smooth-cutting planer blade, expect to find a rather rough sawn edge of tiny fibers that require sanding to remove. At about 36 pounds per cubic foot air-dry, meranti is heavier than Honduras mahogany. http://www.woodworkersuk.co.uk/timber-durability.htm, Thank you! Does this mean that Genuine Mahogany or Meranti or Sapele or African Mahogany do not make good exterior trim boards? Meranti has little durability in outdoor projects. Meranti. Like you, I have had a difficult time getting consistency from the species in building furniture. Your email address will not be published. But as this article states the Philippine mahoganies are even more difficult to source consistently (and sustainably) than African. It is not even close to being a Mahogany, botanically speaking, and it comes from an entirely different part of the world (Southeast Asia). In the Philippines, as well as elsewhere in their range, Shorea trees might be called red or white lauan, tangile, almon, as well as the descriptive "dark-red meranti" or "light-red meranti." In ideal conditions, a meranti tree can reach a 200' height and a trunk diameter of 6'. The majority of meranti for domestic use … Smooth crosscuts require at least a 40-tooth saw blade. Plus, it is much lighter than the African exterior wood options like Sapele, Utile, and African Mahogany. Your geographic location will determine the availability and cost of these materials. Carving hardwoods means fairly shallow gouge bevels-15° to 20°-and shallow cuts. A good supplier who is importing is directly should be able to source single species containers from good mills that will produce much higher quality. It is a dense, heavy wood. http://www.woodworkersuk.co.uk/timber-durability.htm. It’s not available any more, and the fact is that the Philippine Mahogany available today is actually a different species that not only is more sustainably managed but actually a better exterior grade lumber. Let’s face it, there isn’t another application other than boats where wood gets tested more violently. In other words, it is an excellent exterior grade product.