Solid timber

What is Solid timber – the advantages and disadvantages

Solid timber is  timber cut directly from the tree in length form. Due to its natural state, it still contains the knots and imperfections that you would expect. The timber is then cut to remove knots and imperfections in the wood. This is usually done by machine. The pieces are then joined back together in an interlinked fashion called finger jointing. Again, this gives the timber added strength.

Hard timber is becoming scarce and expensive due to logging and the long periods of time it takes for most trees to grow. There are many different timbers on the market that range in price, characteristics and strength.

Advantages:
•    Most aesthetically pleasing type of timber
•    Vast amount of types for example Tasmanian oak, pine, Jara
•    Suitable for all woodwork joints
•    Long lasting
•    Range of colours, textures and grains available
•    Takes adhesives and finishes well

Disadvantages:
•    Can be expensive
•    Can be difficult to find the exact timber you are after
•    Has natural defects such as knots
•    Can warp, shrink, twist or swell

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