Category Archives: Hardwoods

Ash

Light coloured to nearly white sapwood, light brown to streaked yellow heartwood. Generally straight grained. Greater degree of lighter sapwood in southern grown lumber. Used for furniture, flooring, high-class joinery, tool handles, sports goods and tunery. Description A medium/large tree, reaching a height of 75-100 ft., w/a diameter of 2-4 ft. Color is pale yellow… Read More »

Balau

White to light brown sapwood, pinkish to reddish brown heartwood. Mainly straight grained with coarse texture. Named because of red autumn leaves. Used for furniture, flooring, internal joinery, kitchen cabinets and coffins. Description Pinkish to light reddish brown or light brown. The grain is usually straight and open. Red oaks grown in the north are… Read More »

Beech

Pale pink-brown heartwood turning to reddish-brown if steamed. Large movement in service and perishable but has vast range of uses including cabinet making, high-class joinery, furniture, chair making, tool handles, turnery and musical instruments. Description Primarily reddish-brown in color & slightly coarse with obvious rays and pores. The grain is straight with a fine, even… Read More »

Cherry

Heartwood varies from rich red to reddish brown and darkens on exposure. Sapwood is creamy white. Has a fine straight grain and smoooth texture. Can contain small gum pockets and brown pith flecks. Uses, furniture and cabinet work, high-class joinery, kitchens and mouldings. Description Narrow sapwood is whitish to reddish brown or creamy pink. The… Read More »

European Oak

European Oak’s heartwood is light tan to biscuit coloured. Used in furniture and cabinet-making. Description European Oak’s heartwood is light tan to biscuit coloured, usually straight grained, but irregular or cross-grained material can occur depending on growth conditions. Characteristic silver grain figure on quartered surfaces due to broad rays. British and Baltic oaks are tough… Read More »

Maple

Creamy, white sapwood with reddish brown tinge. Heartwood varies from light to dark red brown. Close, fine texture, generally straight grained. Main uses are flooring, kitchen cabinets, table tops and interior joinery. Description Sapwood is white with a reddish tinge. The heartwood color is uniformly light reddish brown. Texture is fine and even and usually… Read More »

Meranti

Medium to dark red brown. Used in joinery and flooring. Description The heartwood colour is medium to dark red brown with conspicuous white dammar or resin streaks. Grain is interlocked; texture rather coarse. Brittleheart can be present. Weight from 580-770 kg/m3 (36-48 lb/ft3) average 670 kg/m3 (42 lb/ft3); specific gravity .67. Properties The wood has… Read More »

Poplar

Creamy-white to gray in color, sometimes pale brown or pinkish-brown. Suitbale for framing, boxes and crates. Description Heartwood is usually creamy-white to gray in color, sometimes pale brown or pinkish-brown. Grain is typically straight. Texture is fine and even. Weight varies from 23 to 33lbs pcf / sg .45. Properties Low stiffness & shock resistance.… Read More »

Sapele

Medium to dark reddish-brown heartwood. Interlocked or wavy grain with fairly fine texture. Used for furniture, interior and exterior joinery, solid doors and flooring. Description The heartwood has a medium to dark reddish-brown colour, characterised by a well-defined ribbon striped figure on quartered surfaces. Sometimes, when wavy grain is present, a very attractive fiddleback figure,… Read More »

Utile

Heartwood darkens to deep red brown. Interlocked to rather irregular grain with uniformly moderate texture. Works well and is durable. Main uses furniture, cabinet making, high quality interior and exterior joinery, boat building and musical instruments. Description The heartwood matures from a pink-brown when fresh cut to deep red-brown. The grain is interlocked to rather… Read More »