TIMBER SPECIES & TYPES

Creative Timbers are the specialists to contact for all your timber needs whether it be hardwood or softwood.  The species listed are only some of the many kinds we have in stock, please contact us if you need a different timber or if you need more information about the species you want.  If necessary we can access supplies of rare timber species. 

As a matter of interest, the term 'softwood' and 'hardwood' are purely botanical terms and have nothing to do with the hardness or softness of the timber.

Timber Softwoods

Timber Hardwoods

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  1. American White Oak

      

    American White Oak - Quercus alba

    A common hardwood from central North America. Relatively easy to work to a smooth finish and is used in flooring and furniture.

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  2. Balsa

      

    Balsa - Ochroma pyramidale

    Although balsa is one of the lightest and softest timbers, it is botanically a hardwood! Grown overseas in plantations and imported into Australia, it is used mainly in model making. This material is too soft for structural use. Available in sheets, squares, blocks, rounds and triangles.

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  3. Blackbutt

      

    Blackbutt - Eucalyptus pilularis

    An Australian hardwood that is commonly used in flooring and has good structural properties. Heartwood is pale brown and sapwood distinctively paler. Texture is medium and even and grain is usually straight. Gum veins are common.

     Also available in T&G Flooring and Decking

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  4. Bolly Silkwood/Tarzali Silkwood

      

    Bolly Silkwood/Tarzali Silkwood - Cryptocarya oblata

    A large hardwood mainly grown in north Queensland. The heartwood is pinkish brown, very similar to Queensland Maple. The grain is straight and texture is even.  Has a slightly greasy feel and is easy to work.  Bolly silkwood is often used in decorative projects and commonly used as a contrasting colour to lighter timber species.

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  5. Clear Hoop Pine

      

    Clear Hoop Pine - Araucaria cunninghamii

    The ideal native timber, grown in plantations in Queensland.  A softwood easy to join, connect, easy to work, turn and mould, superior to Pinus species and is totally safe. Being a versatile timber specie it is used in a variety of applications, such as plywood, furniture, joinery, flooring and panelling.

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  6. Cypress

      

    Cypress - Callitris glauca

    A small-to-medium softwood that is used in many building projects. This includes framework, posts, small poles, chamfer boards, weatherboards, flooring and decking just to name a few. This material is termite resistant which is the reason why it is commonly used for structural purposes. Cypress has a distinctive and strongly persistent odour, straight grain and texture is fine and even.

     Cypress is also available in T&G Flooring and Decking.

     

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  7. Durian

      

    Durian - Durio, Neesia, Coelostegia Spp

    Sapwood is only moderately well defined in Coelostegia but well defined in Durio and Neesia. Heartwood is pink brown, grey brown, brown with a red tinge or light orange brown. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Texture is moderately coarse and even in Neesia but uneven in Durio and Coelostegia. Used for furniture, joinery, panelling and veneers.

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  8. Finger Jointed Pine

      

    This material is made up of shorter lengths of various pine species and glued together to produce longer lengths of pine usually 5.4m long. This popular timber used in many building applications including door jambs skirtings, architraves, belt rails, picture rails and cornices just to name a few.

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  9. Geronggang

      

    Geronggang - Cratoxylon arborescens

    An imported hardwood of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philipines. Geronggang is more consistant in colour than that of the Meranti specie and ranges from a pale pink to a deeper red. Texture is coarse and even and grain is often interlocked. Useful for many applications including internal mouldings for commercial and residential buildings and caravans, furniture, boat building and projects where a contrasting colour to the lighter timber species is required.

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  10. Jarrah

      

    Jarrah - Eucalyptus marginata

    A large hardwood of the south-west corner of Western Australia. Heartwood is a rich dark brownish red, sometimes marked by short, dark brown radial flecks on the end grain and boat shaped flecks on flat sawn surfaces which enhance its decorative value. The grain is usually straight but often interlocked or wavy. The texture is even but moderately coarse. Used in flooring, panelling, joinery and furniture.

     Jarrah is also available in T&G Flooring.

     

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