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#1 posted 02-09-2012 05:46 PM

Lauan is a generic term for several species related to Mahogany. It is used for doors, paneling , plywoods, etc.. I see no reason that you couldn’t use it for “furniture type projects”. We sell it (Meranti) as decking and 2x stock along with 3/4,5/4,8/4 stock. It is pretty hard , and I have no clue as to MrRon’s comment about it not lasting a long period of time. The Birch part of Birch plywood is usually only the very outermost veneers ,ie: the faces that you see , and they aren’t thick enough to matter.

LAUAN: The wood of trees of several genera of the Philippines, Malaya, and Sarawak, known in the American market as Philippine mahogany. The woods resemble mahogany in general appearance, weight, and strength but the shrinkage and swelling with changes in moisture are greater than in the true mahoganies.

The lauan woods are used for furniture and cabinet woods, paneling, and for boatbuilding. The lauans belong chiefly to the genus Shorea, and the various species have local or common names. The so-called dark-red Philippine mahogany is tangile, S. polysperma, and red lanan, S. negrosensis. Tangile is also called Bataan mahogany, and has the closest resemblance to true mahogany of all the species. The thick sapwood is light red, and the heartwood dark brownish red. It has greater tendency to warp than mahogany. Red lauan has larger pores, but is favored for boat construction because of the large sizes available. Tiaong, from the S. teysmanniana, resembles tangile but is lighter and softer. Almon, from the tree S. eximia, is harder and stronger than red lauan or tangile, but is coarser in texture and less lustrous.

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