Meranti ranges from pale-red to reddish/brown. There will be come colour variations across the timber species. It has moderately coarse grain but even in texture with an attractive ribbon feature.
Meranti is easy to work with and has good nailing, screwing and gluing properties. Meranti readily accepts varnish, paint and stain. It is open grain structure, which means surfaces should be sanded before finishing. It is readily used for a wide variety of internal decorative applications and window frames. As Meranti has fairly high silica content, it is essential to keep all cutting tools very sharp as the silica can dull the edge very quickly.
Meranti is popular for use in a wide variety of internal applications such as joinery applications for mouldings, cabinetry, architraves and skirting, newel posts, handrails, furniture and panelling.