Merbau » Intsia palembanica

Why Merbau?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics


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. The Merbau tree grows in Asia
map of where this wood 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)

Woodworking with Merbau:

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 5/10
Red Oak