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Posted on Dark Red Meranti / Philipine Mahpogany

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#1 posted 03-22-2013 11:10 AM

Red Meranti is sometimes called lauan, or Phillipine Mahogany. It is not a real mahogany. Biggest problem, as Lisa noted is that it tends to blunt your tools edges. This is because it has an erratic grain structure, it has a tendency to have grain stems change direction in mid-stream, so you find yourself cutting end grain as well as straight grain at the same time. This especially shows itself if you plane with straight blade planers. Chip out.

There are lots of similar species in this group. One very popular one is called rubber wood by the Chinese, and is used a lot in furniture legs due to its durability. Some species grow fast and are not on any endangered list, some are endangered.
Mostly used for plywood, interior furniture from the Asian Rim, veneer, decking.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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