MERBAU, The Standard Malaysian Name for the timber of Intsia spp., principally I. palembanica (Leguminosae). It is heavy hardwood with a density of 515-1,040 kg/m3 air dry. MERBAU is classified as durable under exposed conditions. MERBAU logs are usually free from common defects. MERBAU timber is very difficult to treat due to high density.
MERBAU is suitable for indoor and outdoor application. The timber is widely used for the manufacture of reproduction antique furniture and strip flooring in the country. It is also suitable for heavy construction, power transmission poles, railway sleepers, decking, columns (heavy duty), door and window frames and sills, fender supports, staircase (apron lining, rough bracket, baluster, balustrade, carriage, handrail, newel, riser, stringer, tread, bullnose, round end and winder), heavy duty furniture, tool handles (impact) and pallets (heavy permanent type).