Exotic Timber

Exotic Timbers

American Ash / Eshout

Produces good results with hand or machine tools. Responds well to steam bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well

Beech

Overall good workability; it machines well, and glues, finishes, and turns well. Beech also responds superbly to...

Blackwood / Swarthout

Very difficult to work with hand or machine tools, with an extreme blunting effect on cutters. African Blackwood is most often...

Cedar

The timber works easily, but because of frequent knots tends to tear out during planing. The wood can be stained and polished,...

Cedar/ Western Red (Aromatic)

The timber works easily with both hand and machine tools, bit its relatively brittle nature can cause splintering.

Cherry

Cherry is easy to work with both machine and hand tools. The only difficulties typically arise if the wood is being stained,...

Jelutong

An easy timber to work with both hand and machine tools it can be finished to a very smooth finish. It takes stains, polish...

Kiaat

Easy to saw and work, the wood turns well, it has good nailing and screwing properties and takes a good polish

Mahogany African / Acajou

Due to interlocked grain there is a tendency for pick up on quarter-sawn surfaces. Good gluing, nailing and screwing...

Mahogany Burmog / Melanuk

Medium weight timber suitable for light structural purposes. Machines easily and finishes well. Texture is moderately fine...

Mahogany Sepele

Works well with both hand and machine tools, but interlocked grain can be troublesome when planing. It takes screws and nails...

Mahogany South American /...

Overall Andiroba is easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Sometimes pieces with interlocked grain will experience...

Maple / Esdoring

Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though slightly more difficult than Soft Maple due to Hard Maple’s...

Maple - Birds Eye

Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though slightly more difficult than Soft Maple due to Hard Maple’s...

Meranti

The wood of the various species work well and in general are capable of a good smooth finish. Meranti can be glued, nailed and...

Oak (European)

It is easy to work, sand, glue and turn. The timber polishes fairly well. The timber screws well, but need to be predrilled...

Oak Prime - Red

It is easy to work, sand, glue and turn. The timber polishes fairly well. The timber screws well, but need to be predrilled...

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