MERBAU

Merbau is an exotic timber species native to Africa. The wood is brown, heavy and hard. It is a very durable wood, suitable for uses that require resistant materials: it is used in particular for the construction of heavy frameworks or industrial flooring, as well as for hydraulic works.

Read the Tropix sheet (CIRAD).

MERBAU
Botanical name(s) :

Intsia bijuga, Intsia palembanica

Famille : FABACEAE-CAESALPINIOIDEAE (angiosperm)

Commercial restriction : no commercial restriction

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merbau TIMBER USES

The tropical wood merbau is a very durable, hard and heavy, versatile wood.

 

It can be used for the following purposes:

Structures and panels

  • Sliced veneer

Exterior joinery (building facade)

  • Cladding and outer coating
  • Windows and doors
  • Shutters and closures

Carpentry and interior fittings

  • Wooden floors
  • Interior staircases
  • Doors and door frames
  • Interior panelling and cladding
  • Layout and furnishings
  • Furniture and cabinetmaking

Outdoor equipment - Recreation

  • Exterior staircases and guard railing
  • Single-level terraces and pool areas
  • Elevated terraces, balconies and corridors
  • Shelters, outdoor furniture and playgrounds
  • Gates
  • Visual barriers and windbreak panels, pergolas

 Industrial usage and heavy work

  • Hydraulic works in a submerged marine environment
  • Structures and bridges in contact with soil or freshwater
  • Acoustic barriers in urban areas along railroads and highways
  • Sleepers and dunnage
  • Industrial floors and heavy framework
  • Vehicle, wagon and container bottom (or floor)

Shipbuilding

  • Boat decks and planking

Miscellaneous uses

  • Tool handles
  • Musical instruments
  • Packing and crating

DISTRIBUTION AREA OF merbau

Mainly present in Asia and Oceania, the exotic species merbau is also found in Central Africa.

DESCRIPTION OF merbau TIMBER

  • Color: brown
  • Sapwood: clearly demarcated
  • Texture: coarse
  • Grain: straight or interlocked
  • Interlocked grain: slight

merbau: PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

Read the Tropix sheet of merbau (CIRAD).

merbau: NATURAL DURABILITY AND TREATABILITY

  • Funghi: class 1-2 - very durable to durable
  • Dry wood borers: durable - sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood)
  • Termites : class M - moderately durable
  • Treatability: class 4 - not permeable
  • Use class ensured by natural durability: class 4 - in ground or fresh water
  • Species covering the use class 5: No

Read the Tropix sheet of merbau (CIRAD).

PROCESSING OF merbau TIMBER

Read the Tropix sheet of merbau (CIRAD).

 

Sources :

  • CIRAD
  • ATIBT

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