Oak Cladding

 Timber List

A thumbnail guide to the most popular timbers.

Alder, North American Alnus rubra
A light brown wood with a yellow or red tinge that is a relatively soft hardwood and can be painted, sanded or stained to a quality finish. Its main uses are for furniture, kitchen cabinets, interior mouldings, carving, turning and doors.

Ash, North American Fraxinus spp.
A pale wood streaked with brown that is strong relative to its weight and can be stained and polished to a very good finish. Suitable for furniture, flooring, doors, high-class joinery, architectural interiors and moulding, kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, sports goods and turning.

Beech, European Fagus sylvatica
A pale to reddish brown wood that has a fine and smooth texture and glues well, stains and polishes to an acceptable standard. Beech makes exceptional veneer and is suitable for turning.

Cedar of Lebanon Cedrus libani
A softwood which heartwood is strongly scented and resinous with contrasting growth rings marked by the darker dense latewood areas. Trees grown in the U.K. are usually park grown and can be knotty and are mainly used for garden furniture, gates, fences and exterior work. Selected logs are suitable for architectural wall panelling, interior joinery and furniture.

Cedar (Red), Western Thuja plicata
A reddish brown wood that has a course texture and is susceptible to turning silver-grey when exposed to the weather. Red cedar is soft and light and its brittle quality makes it suitable for fencing, cladding, posts and shingles.

Cherry, European Prunus Avium
The wood has a warm, reddish-orange colour often with green streaks. The rarer European Cherry has less of a pink tone than the American Cherry but its delicate grain gives it an engaging and warm appearance. It is highly sought after in the woodworking trades.

Cherry, North American Prunus serotina
A rich red wood that has a straight grain and smooth texture and can produce an excellent finish. It can be used in furniture, high quality joinery, boat interiors, musical instruments and kitchen cabinets.

Elm, European Ulmus procera
This beautiful timber is full of striking colour contrasts from creamy pink to deep auburn and chestnut. Broadleaf Elm is specially selected to include a high proportion of burr which creates highly sought after ‘cats paw’ markings.

Fir (Douglas), North American Pseudotsuga taxifolia
A yellow or reddish brown wood that is very strong relative to its weight and needs care to obtain a good finish. It is suitable for heavy construction, flooring, house construction and railway sleepers.

Greenheart Ocotea rodiaei
The colour of the wood varies from greenish yellow to dark olive, yet the texture is smooth and uniform. Greenheart finishes well with oil, polish or wax. The wood is extremely heavy and one of the strongest woods of tropical America, thus, it is suitable for marine and ship construction, locks, docks, decking and its durability also makes it suitable for flooring or platforms.

Idigbo Terminalia ivorensis
A wood of pale yellow to light brown colouring, which glues and stains well and is easy to work with when using hand tools. Thus, the wood is suitable for delicate carpentry, construction work and joinery.

Iroko Chlorophora excelsa
A golden yellow wood with interlocking grain and course texture. The wood is very strong and can be compared to teak; it can be used for joinery and also in the building of ships.

Larch Larix Laricina
Yellowish to russet brown in colour, Larch has a spiralled or twisted grain and is fairly coarse in texture. Larch's uses include flooring, building construction, pulpwood and utility poles.

Mahogany, African Khaya
The wood has either a pinkish or deep reddish hue, with a course texture and an interlocking grain. Its high polishing qualities make it suitable for furniture, cabinets, fine joinery, banisters and handrails.

Mahogany, Brazilian Swietenia macrophylla
The wood ranges in colour from a light reddish brown to a deep reddish brown which can be polished to a high quality – making it perfectly suited for veneers. It can be used in furniture, joinery and cabinet making.

Maple (Hard), North American Acer saccharum, A. nigrum
Either a light or dark reddish brown with a smooth texture, the wood is hard, heavy and strong. It is suitable for flooring, paneling, furniture, work or table tops, cabinets, stairs, mouldings and doors.

Oak (Red), North American Quercus spp.
The wood posses a pinkish or reddish hue, it is hard, heavy and works well with steam bending. Red Oak is suitable for architectural interiors as well as applying well to furniture, flooring and construction.

Oak (White), North American Quercus spp.
A pale coloured wood that can be polished to a high quality finish. A hard and heavy wood, suitable for steam bending as well as being used for furniture, cabinets, flooring, construction, barrels and exterior joinery.

Oak, European Quercus
A yellowish brown wood with a silver grain figure, European Oak accepts a variety of finishes and is very durable. It can be used in furniture, flooring, boat building and tight coopering.

Obeche Triplociton scleroxylon
A creamy white or pale yellow wood, which due to its relative softness is easy to work. Suitable for draw linings, furniture and interior joinery.

Pine, Southern Yellow Pinus teada
A straw brown or reddish brown wood that has distinct growth rings. It can be glued, stained and polished effectively and is used in paneling, flooring and interior joinery.

Sapele Entandrophragma cylindricum
A dark wood, comparable to mahogany in colour that stains and polishes well. Sapele is harder then African mahogany and is similar to English Oak in strength. It can be used in furniture, joinery and boat building.

Sycamore, European Acer pseudoplatanus
A lightly coloured wood, with a white or yellowish hue that has a fine texture, sycamore can be used in turnery and flooring.

Teak Tecona grandis
A dark golden coloured wood that after exposure turns into a brown coloured timber. A strong and hard wood that is renowned for its durability, it can be used for decking, furniture, veneer, paneling and is used when chemical resistance is required.

Tulipwood, North American Liriodendron tulipifera
A wood that can vary in colour from pale yellowish brown to olive green, tulipwood is very versatile and accepts a range of finishes. It can be suitable used in furniture, kitchen cabinets, mouldings, doors and interior joinery.

Walnut (Black), North American Juglans nigra
A light or dark chocolate-coloured wood that accepts a variety of finishes and can be polished to a high quality. Black Walnut is a tough wood that is suitable for furniture, paneling, high quality joinery, cabinets, flooring and works well in contrast to lighter woods.

Walnut, European Steamed Juglans regia
One of the finest timbers available from Europe, A dark wood with much streaking and the steaming process blends the colours of sapwood and heartwood making it possible for sapwood to be included in the finished
product. The timber is used in the solid and veneer, for high-class furniture, cabinetmaking, office fittings, rifle butts and gunstocks, turnery and carving, doors, fascias and cappings in cars

Yew, European Taxus baccata
A wood that varies in colour from orange-brown to purple-brown and is hard and heavy, yew can be used for veneers and decorative work.