Merbau comes from East Africa, South East Asia and Australia. It is heavy with medium strength, has some gum exudation which can dull blades during cutting. Dye deposits can cause staining if untreated. It is a very durable timber and it glues and finishes well.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices but is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Common uses: Heavy construction work, pergolas etc. Flooring and joinery.