Heritiera javanica and related species (Sterculiaceae)


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Heritiera javanica and related species (Sterculiaceae) wood grain



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720 kg/m3

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Mengkulang | Mengkulang Wood | Heritiera javanica

Mengkulang wood - The heartwood ranges from almost white when newly cut, to pale orange-brown, bluish-pink, red, red-brown or a deep golden-brown. It can have dark streaks on longitudinal surfaces, and red flecks from quite large rays on quartered surfaces. The grain can vary from straight to very interlocked, which will occasionally give a fiddle back or ray figure. It is often glossy, and has a fairly coarse and even texture with a greasy fell to the surface. The sapwood is pale and not always differentiated from the heartwood. Mengkulang is a versatile timber - you can use our interactive system for typical uses for Mengkulang. Mengkulang can be used for furniture, joinery, cabinetmaking and much more. If currently available (from sustainable and legal sources) you can use our system to be connected with suppliers of Mengkulang.

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Also Called:
Kembang, Huynh, Choboch, Chopwoch, Dongtchem

Durability Notes:
Mengkulang wood has some durability but is considered non durable and not suited for exterior applications

The drying and seasoning of Mengkulang 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; Mengkulang - dries well and quickly with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but can be subject to surface checking and sometimes to warping and twisting. There is only small 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.

Mengkulang is a dense, heavy wood has medium stiffness, bending strength and resistance to shock loads. Mengkulang has high crushing strength but is not suitable for steam bending. Sawing and planing, turning, morticing and moulding are all challenging. Mengkulang is challenging to work with hand tools and needs pre-drilling for nails and screws. The wood glues adequately and stains, paints, oils and polishes well with some effort.

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

Wood Database feature on: Mengkulang


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