Heidler Hardwood Lumber

Ribbon Striped Philippine Mahogany

Thickness Grade Footage
5/4" Ribbon Striped 300
6/4" Ribbon Striped 1495
8/4" Ribbon Striped 300

Specie Information

    Shorea Spp, Parashorea Spp, Pentacme Spp

    “Philippine Mahogany” or “Luan” refers commercially to Philippine woods belonging to the genera Shorea, Parashorea and Pentacme. Meranti is generally applied to Southeast Asian woods of the genus Shorea, which contains almost 200 species.

    The various species of the three genera are separated into five groups based on their heartwood color and weight. These are: Balau, Dark Red Meranti (Tangaile), Light Red Meranti (White Luan), White Meranti, and Yellow Meranti. The Light Red and Dark Red groups are the primary commercial groups used in the United States.

    The wood has been used over the centuries as an inexpensive substitute for other Mahoganies, but its properties are much worse. It is used for everything from furniture to light structural work. It is extensively used in plywood manufacturing.

    DISTRIBUTION
    Harvested from many of the Asian countries, it is most commonly thought of as being from Indonesia or the Philippines.

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION
    The heartwood color ranges from pale pink to a dark reddish-brown depending on whether the light red or dark red species are specified. The wood has interlocking grain with a wavy but coarse texture. The wood has a low natural durability and does not take preservation treatments well.

    WORKING PROPERTIES
    Works well with both hand and machine tools, but nails and screws in a satisfactory manner.

    AVAILABILITY
    Fair availability with both plain and quartered sawn available in 4/4” through 8/4”.

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