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  • Western Red Cedar | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Western Red Cedar Western red cedar is a large softwood that grows in British Columbia and some of the nearby western states of the USA. Western red cedar will remain dimensionally stable under most weather conditions and is not prone to shrinkage or swelling. Due to its versatility, it can be used for both internal and external applications such as cladding, linings, joinery, windows and roofing shingles. Natural preservatives provide resistance to fungus and insect attack, while its low density offers very good thermal insulation qualities. Western red cedar also delivers impressive acoustic properties. The heartwood ranges from a pale brown through to a richer dark brown. The sapwood is a paler yellowish white colour. It has a fine texture and straight grain with growth rings often visible. A durable, yet soft timber, western red cedar has a good workability. It cuts, machines and glues well and can also be painted, stained and polished. Precautions should be taken when sanding western red cedar as the sawdust can cause irritation for some people. It nails and screws well, however if timber is damp it is corrosive to iron and copper, so hot-dipped galvanised nails/screws should be used where required, and any copper plumbing, fittings or sheathing isolated from contact with the wood. Western red cedar can be brittle along the end grain and sharp cutters are recommended due to its soft nature ​ Recommended uses: Cladding, joinery, windows & door trim ​ Not recommended for: steam bending ​ Out of gallery

  • Grey Gum | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Grey Gum Grey gum is a medium-sized hardwood tree growing up to 40 metres in height and one metre in stem diameter. Varieties of grey gum occur along the east coast of Australia, from the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales as far north as Maryborough, and inland to the Carnarvon Ranges and Blackdown Tablelands in Queensland. The heartwood of this species is a red to reddish-brown colour, visually distinct from the paler sapwood. Grain is usually interlocked, with a coarse but even texture. Grey gum is similar in general appearance to the ironbarks, but often marked by characteristic grub holes. Grey gum timber is extremely durable, with an in-ground life expectancy in excess of 25 years. For aboveground applications, life expectancy exceeds 40 years. Grey gum heartwood is termite-resistant, and untreated sapwood is not susceptible to lyctid borer attack. Grey gum sapwood is readily impregnated with commercially available preservatives ​ Recommended uses: Grey gum is widely used in heavy engineering and marine construction, where it is found as poles, piles, railway sleepers, cross-arms and mining timbers. In general construction it is used for building framework, flooring and decking. Grey gum is also extensively used in landscaping and boat building. It is renowned for making quality butcher’s blocks for both commercial and domestic use. Out of gallery

  • Huon Pine | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Huon Pine Huon pine trees grow very slowly requiring about five hundred years to reach the size at which the trunk could be sawn into timber. Huon pine timber is pale coloured from light straw to rich golden however fresh wood surfaces darken after contact with air and sunlight. It is a light, soft and very fine textured wood which is very easy to saw, chisel, plane, turn or sand. Timber quality ranges from straight grained to figured including birds eye effect. Because the wood is naturally very durable logs can weather to silver-grey in situ but remain sound inside a five mm skin for hundreds of years. Out of gallery

  • Silvertop Ash | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Silvertop Ash Silvertop ash is a large, moderately durable Australian hardwood that grows in the southern and central coast and tablelands of New South Wales, eastern Victoria and north eastern Tasmania. It is also known as ‘coast ash’ due to its occurrence along the coastal areas of the cooler eastern states. Of medium texture, silvertop ash has an interlocked grain and with noticeable growth rings. The heartwood is brown, sometimes pinkish and the sapwood is narrow in appearance. Gum veins, markings from pinhole borers and pencil streaks also distinguish the appearance of silvertop ash. ​ Recommended uses: Silvertop ash is mainly used as a building timber, such as in timber framing, It is often used for building framework on the south coast and tablelands of NSW. It is strong and reasonably durable, plus it has also been found to provide good fire resistance. Other common applications include flooring, furniture and high-end joinery. Silvertop ash is also used for vehicle construction, handles, fence posts, cases and chemical pulp. Out of gallery

  • Walnut - American | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    American Walnut American walnut is a medium to large hardwood, native to the eastern regions of North America. Its heartwood ranges from a golden to rich chocolate brown colour, sometimes with narrow streaks of a darker purplish-brown. Sapwood is a distinctive creamy white colour. American black walnut is a fine and generally straight-grained timber, although sometimes it has an attractive wavy or curly grain, giving it a highly decorative figure. ​ Recommended uses: American black walnut is an exceptional cabinet and furniture making timber due to its attractive appearance. The timber is also used for doors, flooring, joinery, mouldings and turnings. In Australia, black walnut is typically available as a veneer and used for paneling and cabinetry. Out of gallery

  • White Oak - American | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    American White Oak American white oak is a hardwood common throughout the eastern United States. The name 'white oak' encompasses numerous species, eight of which are commercially available as timber. Very similar in appearance and colour to the European oak, American white oak has light-coloured sapwood and a light to dark brown heartwood. White oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays and more figure than American red oak. It has large distinctive growth rings, and some medullary rays may be present. ​ Recommended uses: In the United States American white oak is used for a wide variety of purposes, including structural, exterior and interior applications, and in the making of vats for spirits and wine. Due to its interesting and prominent grain pattern and consistency of colour throughout the range of subspecies marketed as American white oak, it is a popular species for flooring, and in Australia is mostly for this purpose and for joinery and furniture. Out of gallery

  • Silvertop Stringybark | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Silvertop Stringy Silvertop stringybark - named for the grey, fibrous bark extending to the species' upper limbs, which by contrast are whitish and smooth - can attain heights of up to 40 metres. It occurs natively on the coastal fall of tablelands, mainly in northern New South Wales. The heartwood of this species is a pale brown colour, sometimes with pinkish hues. Its sapwood, up to 50 millimetres in width, is visually indistinct from the true wood. The grain of silvertop stringybark is typically close and straight, with a medium and even texture, relatively free of gum veins. Silvertop stringybark is a hard timber (rated 2 on a 6-class scale) in relation to both indentation and working with hand tools. It is readily worked by machine, and amenable to the use of standard fittings and fastenings. ​ Recommended uses : Common applications range from preservative-treated posts, poles, and sleepers to building framework, decking and flooring. Silvertop stringybark readily accepts paint, stains and polish. Because it glues well with phenolics, timber from this species has a potential for application in structural plywood and glue-laminated members. Out of gallery

  • Sheoak | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Sheoak WA sheoak is a hardwood that, as its name suggests, grows on the south coast of south-west Western Australia. It is used for flooring and paneling, roofing shingles, furniture, decorative woodwork and turnery, and before the invention of the aluminum cask it was used in the manufacture of beer barrels. The heartwood of WA sheoak is red-brown and the sapwood is pale yellow. The texture is moderately even and fine, and the grain is straight. The medullary rays are not as prominent as those of river sheoak and rose sheoak. WA sheoak is easy to work. It is susceptible to lyctid borer. ​ Recommended uses: WA sheoak is used for furniture, flooring and paneling, roofing shingles, turning and decorative woodwork. Out of gallery

  • Sapele | Monaro Timber & Joinery

    Sapele Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback ​ Recommended uses: furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items ​ Not recommended for: Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, (i.e., planing, routing, etc.), resulting in tearout due to its interlocked grain. It will also react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Out of gallery