| ||Sawn Timber
|| Myanmar Teakwood|
Teak is used in a variety of ways that may be organized into a few categories including: indoor and outdoor furniture, cabinets and closets, ships and boats, flooring and decking, roofing and siding, paneling and interior trim, mirror and picture frames, and utilitarian and art objects. Of course, teak is a medium for the artistic wood carver.
Principal Users: Treated with preservatives, Kempas is suitable for all heavy construction, railway sleepers, telegraph and power line poles, fence posts, etc. The untreated timber is suitable for all structures under cover where termites are not a hazard, including posts, beams, joists, rafters, etc. It is a very attractive timber for parquet flooring but some manufacturers consider it too hard to machine. It makes good walking sticks and is a favourite wood for charcoal manufacture.
Principal Uses: Heavy construction (untreated): Bridges, piers, wharves, piling, beams, posts, joists, power line posts, keels, keelson, and framework of boats, dock blocks, fenders, railway sleepers, framework of carriages, wagons, motor lorries and trucks, rubber coagulating tanks, beer vats, wine casks, butter churns, heavy-duty flooring, and spools.
Merbau (Intsia spp)
� Principal Uses: Very durable and strong for heavy construction. However this timber is susceptible to fungal infection if used in damp conditions and, therefore, not one of the best heavy constructional timbers. Merbau is a very attractive wood suitable for decorative work: superior joinery, cabinet-making, musical instrument, trays, bowls, platters, fancy boxes, panelling, parquet flooring, office fittings, counter tops, showcases, decorative turnery and rotary veneer. The sapwood which is sharply defined is very susceptible to Lyctus attack and should be strictly excluded.