Ramin Hardwood


Ramin is a type of wood known scientifically as Gonystylus macrophyllum and G. bancanus (Gonystylaceae). It is a versatile timber with a pale straw or creamy-brown colour and a straight to shallowly interlocked grain. The texture of Ramin is fine and even and it has a plain appearance that lacks figure or gloss. Ramin is a great choice for furniture, carving, joinery and much more. If currently available from sustainable and legal sources, you can use our system to be connected with suppliers of Ramin.

Ramin is a great choice for a range of applications due to its versatility and durability. It is a hardwood that is resistant to decay and termites, making it ideal for outdoor use. Its colour and grain make it a great choice for furniture, carving, and joinery projects. Ramin is also a great choice for woodturning, as it is easy to work with and takes a good finish.

Ramin is an attractive wood that is sure to add a unique touch to any project. Its pale straw or creamy-brown colour and its straight to shallowly interlocked grain will add a distinct character

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Also Called:
Ramin Telur, Lanutan-Bagyo, Malawis

Durability Notes:
Ramin wood is non durable. It is perishable and should only be considered for internal use.

The drying and seasoning of Ramin 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; Ramin - seasons readily with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but to prevent staining from mould growth it should be dipped in preservative immediately after conversion. Ramin may suffer surface checking, end splitting and slight distortion while drying. There is large movement in use. 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.

Ramin is hard and heavy. It has low resistance to shock loads, medium stiffness, high crushing and bending strengths and a poor steam-bending rating. Ramin works well with both hand and machine tools and has a tolerable blunting effect on tools. Ramin planes fairly well, may split on nailing if not pre-bored but glues, stains, varnishes and paints well.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Millwork, Cabinetry, Musical Instruments, Flooring, Boatbuilding, Carving, Turnery, Plywood, Veneer.

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

Commonly asked questions about Ramin Wood

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

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