Timbers...

The choice of Timber used is largely up to the customer, but if required, we can advise you and supply you with information on the most suitable timber for your product.

We hold a small stock of regularly used timber, but most projects have their timber ordered specifically to meet requirements. This way, we aim to ensure that no project is manufactured using old stock.

Please click on the icon of the timber that you wish to learn more about.

The more commonly used timbers are:

European Oak

American White Oak

Sapele

Redwood (Scott's Pine)

     

Ash

     

Some other other common timbers used are:

Beech

Iroko

Idigbo

Douglas Fir

FURTHER INFORMATION:

European Oak:

European oak is a remarkable material; strong, extremely durable, heavy and attractive which makes it the ideal wood to use in construction both indoors and outdoors. European Oak is the timber of choice for most external jobs when a clear or unpainted finish is required.

Most parts of an oak tree are full of tannic acids. Remarkably, these tannins in the timber make Oak more resistant to rotting, therefore it is extremely durable outdoors and means it does not necessarily need any preservative treatment.
Popular for outdoor uses and construction including gates, fencing, cladding and external furniture as well as being commonly used in all other areas of joinery such as windows, doors, flooring and cabinet making.

European Oak originates from the United Kingdom and Europe. It is a light brown colour with beautiful grain markings.
It has a high Durability and a Density of 695 kg/m3
Basic Price Level: Medium

American White Oak:

American White Oak timber has a medium-high density, good strength and is relatively rot resistant. However, White Oak is often used for internal joinery items as it is slightly less Durable than its European cousin, but also slightly less expensive.

Very similar in appearance to European Oak, it is a light brown colour, but is native to eastern North America.
Most commonly used in internal joinery, and furniture.

It has a moderately high durability and a density of 670 kg/m3
Basic Price Level: Medium

 

Sapele:

Sapele is used as our standard hardwood of choice when a painted finish is required.

A lot of companies choose Idigbo as their first choice for painted hardwood, but we find Sapele to be more durable, longer lasting, and a nicer wood to work with and finish.

Virtually knot free, long lasting and takes to paint well, it can also stain up nicely and is reminiscent of Mahogany.
It is a good all-purpose timber with a relatively low price and is commonly used for all general joinery purposes.
A West African hardwood, reddish brown in colour with a high durability and a density of 640 kg/m3

Among its more exotic uses is that in guitar manufacturing, in the top, back and sides of acoustic guitar bodies as well as the tops of electric guitar bodies.

Redwood: (Scotts Pine)

Redwood Scotts Pine is used for general joinery such as furniture, cabinet making and construction work. Usually redwood is given a painted finish to give it added protection, although it can also be stained if desired.

With a dry density of around 510 kg/m3, it is less dense than most hardwoods and is non-durable, but has a low price.
Redwood is a species of pine native to Europe and Asia.

The wood is pale brown to red-brown in colour and will have knots.

 

 

Ash:

Ash is popular not only for its looks, but also for its ease of working and incredible strength.
It is an ideal general-purpose joinery timber, an attractive hardwood with a colour that ranges from creamy white through to a light brown.

Ash timber is hard, tough and very hardwearing. It has a coarse open grain with a density of 700 kg/m3 and is one of our toughest native timbers.

It lacks oak's natural resistance to decay so is generally only used for interior joinery.

The light colour and attractive grain of ash wood make it popular in modern furniture such as chairs, dining tables, doors, stairs and many other architectural features.

Ash joinery products are often completed with a stain or clear oil finish.

Beech:

Beech is a hardwearing and easily worked timber with a bright clean appearance making it one of the most popular homegrown timbers available.

It is heavy and strong with a pale pinkish brown colour. Beech has numerous small radial flecks of warm brown, older trees have lovely colour variations across their wide boards.

Beech is especially popular for fine furniture, kitchen cabinets and worktops but can be used in all areas of internal joinery.
Clean, odourless and non tainting - Beech timber is therefore ideally suited for use in areas of food preparation, children’s toys and is currently popular for worktops.

Beach has a density of around 720 kg/m3

Iroko:

Iroko WoodIroko is a hardwood from tropical Africa. Its colour is initially yellow but darkens to a rich golden brown over time.

It is a very durable wood and with the use of natural oils, is a good exterior timber that does not require regular treatments with oil or varnish.

Although it is durable it does not have the same stability as some other hardwoods of similar durability.

The wood is used for a variety of purposes including boat-building, domestic flooring and furniture. It has a density of 660 kg/m3

 

 

Idigbo:

Idigbo WoodIdigbo is a West African species of hardwood of which its colour can vary from straw yellow to medium, to light brown
It is used mainly in general joinery where a painted finish is applied.

Other common uses include decorative panelling, veneers, flooring, and light construction.
The sapwood and heartwood of the species are not clearly differentiated. The wood is a pale yellow-brown in colour and when plain sawn, has a very prominent growth ring figure.

The average dried weight may be in the region of around 540 kg/m3, but this is very variable.
Planed surfaces of the wood are moderately silky; the texture is rather coarse and uneven, while the grain is straight or only shallowly interlocked.

Douglas Fir:

Douglas Fir is a North American softwood with a light, rosy colour and a remarkably straight and handsome grain pattern.
With a high degree of stiffness, it’s an important consideration in the design of floors, rafters, and other systems.

It is universally recognized for its superior strength-to-weight ratio. It is dimensionally stable and also provides excellent nail holding and fastening capability.

Douglas Fir, documented for superior performance against strong forces such as winds, storms and earthquakes is considered an ideal structural and general-purpose timber. It is good for framing in residential, light commercial and industrial construction.

It has an exceptionally smooth, glossy surface, which paints easily and can hold all types of stains and finishes.
However, the highest grades are less abundant and considerably more expensive than knotty grades.