Mersawa Hardwood


Mersawa (Anisoptera laevis) is a species of timber belonging to the Dipterocarpaceae family. When freshly cut, Mersawa wood has a yellow-brown hue with a pink tinge, which darkens to a straw-brown on exposure to the elements. The sapwood is lighter in colour and not easily distinguishable from the heartwood. Mersawa has an interlocked grain with a coarse, even texture. When quarter sawn, a silver-grain figure created by the prominent rays is often visible.

Mersawa is a highly versatile timber, suitable for a variety of applications including furniture, construction and joinery. It is also a highly sought-after material, with many suppliers offering it from sustainable and legal sources.

Mersawa is a strong and reliable timber, offering a unique and attractive aesthetic to any project. Its interlocked grain and prominent ray figure offer a unique look and feel, making it an ideal choice for a range of applications.

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Also Called:
Krabak, Palosapsis, Kaunghmu, Phdiek, Ven Ven

Durability Notes:
Mersawa is moderately durable, with some natural resistance to attack from the powder-post beetle. The heartwood has moderate resistance to preservative treatment.

The drying and seasoning of Mersawa is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Mersawa - dries very slowly. There can be problems with drying the core of thicker timber sections and there can be slight distortion during seasoning. There is medium movement in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

The wood has medium crushing strength, low resistance to shock loads, low bending strength, very low stiffness and a poor steam-bending classification. The wood turns, glues, nails and screws well and stains and polishes adequately.

Typical Uses:
Furniture-making, Flooring, Cabinetry, Boat-building, Carving, Joinery, Turning, Veneer.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Mersawa Wood

Is Mersawa a hardwood or a softwood? Mersawa is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Mersawa hardwood or softwood? - Mersawa 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 Mersawa 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 Mersawa? Mersawa can be described as brown, light brown, yellow/brown

Is Mersawa good for outdoor use? or is Mersawa good for exterior use? Mersawa is most suited for internal/interior use. Mersawa 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

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