Merbau // Intsia palembanica

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Merbau lumber wood, Intsia palembanica lumber for woodworking
"Coarse and open texture; Machines without difficulty except for planing quarter sawn material. Very hard wood that has good natural polishing properties."
color of Merbau
Color Range
Medium brown with a rich red tinge
other names for Merbau
Other Names
Aizella, Ipil, Ifelele, Kwila, Lumpha
uses for Merbau
Some Typical Uses
Flooring, musical instruments, violin bows, organ pipes, decking, furniture, veneer
the Merbau tree
What's the Tree Like?
The tree is described as large, developing a bole that is described as often fluted, rather short and thick, with a length of about 50 feet (15 m). Trunk diameter is reported to to be up to 60 inches (150 cm) above large spreading buttresses.
Merbau grows in Asia
map of where Merbau grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
13.97% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
16.67% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
14.06% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 5/10
Red Oak