Cedar and Meranti – difference in grain and colour

Finished Product

I am often asked what meranti and cedar looks like when finished.  Here is a photo. Cedar is on top, and when stained has a really lovely grain come up and through.  Meranti is usually a little redder (but can range in colour tones from near white, to almost yellow) and has a finer, more sinewy grain.  Cedar also varies quite a lot in colour tone, from yellows, reds, and reddy brown.  Cedar is a soft timber and you can easily dent it or push your fingernail into the timber.  Meranti is much harder.

Probably about 70% of our manufactured windows and doors are in cedar, followed by meranti with about 25% and then a very small percentage is a variety of other timbers like oak, blackbutt, kapur, jarrah etc.

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Installing the arched windows

Finished Product, Work in progress

My last little post had a picture of arches being made.

here is the photo of one of the windows being installed.

it went almost perfect today, i had the first window out by 8am, and the new ones fit perfectly with no need to adjust or alter.

Another day, more sawdust

Finished Product, Work in progress

A few random photos of things going on.

Yesterday i had to empty the sawdust bins, which had completely overflowed.

If you have never cleaned up massive piles of sawdust, I suggest you try it just so you know you should avoid it.

Cleaning out the sawdust extractor after one of our bins overfilled. aaaaah sawdust, it gets everywhere.

Making new timber sashes based on the old ones given to us. A common issue for timber sashes is they rot in the rain over the years, you cant repair them – you need new ones!

Custom made cedar gate.

Custom made cedar gate.