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Australian Red Cedar / Surian

Toona australis ( Cedrela toona )

Description

This large deciduous tree grows through eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and across to India. The heartwood ranges from pale pink to a dark deep red, depending on the age of the tree. It has a course texture and can sometimes display a fiddleback figure.

Workability

Works well but can be a bit too soft if very young

Applications

Mostly fine furniture and craft work.

Availability

Scarce now. No longer a commercial species but can be source from private land. We keep limited quantities on occasion. Sometimes in slab form.

Hardness

Janka 2.3 420kg/m3.

Durability

Quite durable but no longer wasted in external applications.

At a Glance
Turning:   Excellent
Machining:   Excellent
Bending:   Good
Sanding:   Excellent
Nailing/Screwing:   Good
Glueing:   Excellent
Timber Coating:   Takes most coatings
Oil:   Oils well
Note 1   This timber is a national icon. It should be used wisely.
Note 2  

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