Meranti Wood is a versatile wood with many subspecies, purpose, and sources. Majority of the meranti wood that is used for domestic use is imported to the United States from Southeast Asia. It is of the easiest hardwood to work on such as it easily cuts, machines mills as well as sands. Meranti Wood is used for molding, furniture, structure, window, cabinets, and door trim, and veneers for plywood. It is one of the affordable hardwoods.Is Meranti Wood Good For The Furniture?
The Meranti Wood has the open grain, that needs to be Sanded then Priming before painting. The White Meranti is available twice the price of pine, besides all that, it is far more durable for outdoor furniture and can be used as the best substitute for locally available hardwoods.
Meranti Wood Advantages/Pros and Disadvantages/Cons
- Dulling Effect: Meranti Wood has a certain amount of silica in the wood, due to it has a dulling effect on woodworking equipment.
- Dimensionally Stable: Which means the wood will retain its original dimensions when subjected to changes in humidity and temperature .
- Resistant To Warping Or Twisting: One of the best feature of the Meranti Wood is that it will not wrap or twist.
- No Resistance To Insects: One of the major disadvantage of Meranti wood is it has little or no resistance to insects or decay.
- Maintenance: It needs the regular maintenance than other woods such as regular varnishing.