Red Balau


Common Names
Red Balau
Scientific Name
Shorea spp.
Southeast Asia
Red Balau (Mahogany) heartwood ranges from reddish-brown to purplish-brown. It has a straight to interlocked grain and a coarse texture. The wood has a moderate natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
55-67 lbs/ft3 (880-1070 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
1600 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
24,900 lbf/in2 (171.7 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
2,580,000 lbf/in2 (17.80 GPa)
Crushing Strength
10,200 lbf/in2 (70.3 MPa)
Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 6.2%, Volumetric: 10.5%, T/R Ratio: 1.5
Rated as highly durable with excellent resistance to decay and insect attacks.
Red Balau wood is moderately difficult to work with due to its high density. It has a blunting effect on cutters, and cutting edges need to be kept sharp. Pre-drilling is recommended for nailing. The wood holds screws well and glues satisfactorily. It finishes smoothly, and it is recommended to use a sanding sealer before applying a final finish.

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