Why Timber?

Timber will never go out of style.

The colour and texture variations are what make timber stand apart. It is not laminate and has its own character.

The quality control and standards maintained by our company ensure that only the best timber is used.

Doors are designed to allow for seasonal movement and the ageless charm of timber will add value and enjoyment to your home.

Timbers and veneers, even with today’s technology and space age materials, are still regarded as the most prestigious material for all furniture. No man-made process can duplicate the natural variations in colour and texture that makes timbers stand apart.

Is timber right for you?

Timber varies greatly in colour. It can have tones of red, black, brown, gray, white, blue or green even within one length of timber. If you wish to achieve uniformity of colour then timber may not be suitable.

Timber is not fault-free. It can have knot holes, burls, gum vein and the grain can vary considerably.

Timber is affected by the climate. It expands in moist environments and contracts in dry conditions.

Timber Species

American Oak

Strength: A strong and durable hard wood. Very resistant to insect and fungal attack due to its high tannin content.

Weathering: High level of water resistance but not to the same degree as Jarrah, which is a denser timber.

Finish: May be stained or polished.

Blackwood

Strength: A hardwood which seasons to a very dense product with little movement.

Weathering: Fairly water resistant but will deteriorate if left outside for long periods.

Finish: May be stained or polished.

Jarrah

Strength: Hardwood. Becomes very hard and dense when seasoned, making it a heavier timber. Termite resistant.

Weathering: Very durable, even in wet and weathered conditions, making it a choice structural material. Remarkably resistant to rot. May fade if constantly exposed to sunlight.

Finish: Cannot be stained. May be polished.

Tasmanian Oak

Strength: A hardwood which is very durable and strong.

Weathering: Not particularly water resistant so should not be used for products exposed to the elements.

Finish: May be stained or polished.

Western Red Cedar

Strength: A soft wood which is extremely light.

Weathering: It has amazing weathering properties being able to withstand sun, rain and most insect or fungal diseases. Often used as cladding for buildings.

Finish: May be stained or polished.

Baltic Pine

Strength: A soft wood so it does not have particularly good strength.

Weathering: Not very resistant to the elements being a soft wood and should therefore not be used outdoors.

Finish: May be stained or polished.

Clear Pine

Strength: A soft wood so it does not have particularly good strength.

Weathering: Not very resistant to the elements being a soft wood and should therefore not be used outdoors.

Finish: May be stained or polished.

Rosewood

Strength: Classified as a hardwood but it does not have the same density as other hardwoods.

Weathering: Suitable indoors or outdoors as it is durable in all conditions and very stable.

Finish: Looks best polished.

Spotted Gum

Strength: Spotted Gum is an amazingly dense timber which means it is incredible heavy and strong.

Weathering: Can be used indoors and outdoors, it has brilliant resistance to the elements.

Finish: Looks best polished.

Timber Finishes

There are many ways to finish your timber product. These are the most popular:

Polishing

Spraying the timber with a polyurethane varnish which is transparent in colour. This is non toxic and gives a tough finish after it is cured. Polishing makes the timber water resistant and brings out a darker/richer colour in the timber. One application needed.

Oiling

Oiling with products such as Linseed oil or Tung oil will make the product water resistant, however it will need frequent applications and over time all oiled timbers will become darker and lose their original colour. Oiling is not recommended for bench tops as generally only one side is accessible and adding moisture to one only one side can cause the timber to cup or bow.

Staining

Many timbers can be stained using a wood stain, this will change the colour of the timber but leave the grain patterns unaffected. The success of staining will depend on the porosity of the timber; pine is mainly used for staining as it is a soft wood with a light colour. Only one application will be needed if it is followed by polishing.

Lime Wash

Lime wash is a slake lime in water, slaked lime is substance used in white wash which produces a similar effect effect. Lime wash is painted on and cured through a reaction with the carbon dioxide in the air to produce calcium carbonate. Lime wash will give the timber a white colour whilst retaining the grain of the timber.

Painting

Timber can be painted to any number of colours or finishes; however painting timber can cause a number of issues. Firstly timber expands and contracts during the seasons and a layer of paint will crack and split along joins, particularly between the panel and frame on timber doors. Secondly painting timber disguises all natural elements of timber such as the colour and grain pattern. It is recommended for painted items to use a man made product such as MDF which will give a smooth base with no movement as well as being a more cost effective product.

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