Balau

White to light brown sapwood, pinkish to reddish brown heartwood. Mainly straight grained with coarse texture. Named because of red autumn leaves. Used for furniture, flooring, internal joinery, kitchen cabinets and coffins.

Description

Pinkish to light reddish brown or light brown. The grain is usually straight and open. Red oaks grown in the north are less coarse textured than the faster-grown red oak from the southern states. Large pores tend to produce strong contrast in staining. Weight is around 48lbs pcf / sg .77.


Properties

High crush, medium bend and stiffness. Very good steam bending wood. Moderate blunting on cutters. Density varies. Gluing results vary and nailing may require pre-drilling. Takes stain well and polishes to a good finish. Dries slowly with checking, splitting and honeycombing. Needs care in air or kiln drying. Medium movement. Sapwood is permeable.

Main Uses

Flooring, heavy construction, shipbuilding, cabinets, musical instruments, drum sticks and fine furniture. Not suitable for exterior work.

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