Majau wood, also known by its botanical name Shorea pauciflora, is a medium to dark red brown timber with white resin streaks. The grain is typically interlocked, giving it a coarse texture, making it a highly versatile timber. It is perfect for joinery, flooring, and mouldings, and can be used in a variety of applications. Majau wood is available from sustainable and legal sources, making it a great choice for those looking to be environmentally conscious.
Majau is described as moderately durable but this is often still used for external joinery. We would recommend full decoration to protect the wood.
With Majau there is a wide variation in the strength properties of the various Merantis and Red Seraya due to the differences in density and the number of species involved. However Majau shows consistent uniformity of colour red/brown. It is ok to work with and can be finished nicely.
Flooring, Cabinetry, Furniture, Mouldings, Boat Building, Musical Instruments.
Considered at risk but is sourced legally
Commonly asked questions about Majau Wood
Is Majau a hardwood or a softwood? Majau is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Majau hardwood or softwood? - Majau is a hardwood.
Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Majau family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.
What colour is Majau? Majau can be described as brown, dark brown, dark red, red, yellow/brown,
Is Majau good for outdoor use? or is Majau good for exterior use? Majau is most suited for internal/interior use. Majau should not be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).
Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood
No suitable uses for this timber have been found. This database is constantly updated and uses for this timber will be added in the future.