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Ash, American   

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a good range of sizes.
A combination of long and wide specifications can be difficult.

Description
White to light brown. The wood is generally straight grained with a coarse uniform texture. Machines well and can be stained and polished to a very good finish. It has excellent shock resistance and is good for steam bending.

Typical uses 
High class Joinery, Architectural Interiors, Kitchen Cabinets , Panelling
Tool Handles , Sports Goods 

Weight         Average 673kg/m3 (12%mc)
Durability    Non durable

 

Cherry, American

Specification
Availability in Square Edge board in a good range of sizes.

Description
Heartwood varies from a rich red to reddish brown and will darken on exposure to light and contrasts with sapwood which is light creamy White. It has a fine uniform straight grain,smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Cherry machines well and produces an excellent smooth finish.

Typical uses 
Furniture , Cabinet Making , High class Joinery , Musical Instruments Turning
Panelling , Flooring , Boat Interiors

Weight        Average 561kg/m3  (12%mc)
Durability   Moderately durable

 

Hard Maple, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in  a good range of sizes.

Description
Creamy white with a reddish tinge. The wood has a fine texture and is generally  straight  grained. It can contain pith fleck. With care it machines well, turns well, glues satisfactorily, and can be stained and polished to an outstanding  finish.

Typical uses 
Internal Joinery , Furniture , Kichen Cabinets , Worktops , Mouldings , Flooring

Weight              705kg/m3  (12%mc)
Durability           Non Durable

 

Red Oak, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a good range of sizes.

Description
Colour is pale pink to reddish Brown. The wood is mostly straight grained with a course texture. It machines well and can be stained and polished to a good finish. The Red Oak gets its name from the colour of the leaves in the Autumn.

Typical uses 
Internal Joinery , Furniture , Kitchen Cabinets , Architectural Interiors , Coffins 
 
Weight            705kg/m3  (12%mc)
Durability         Non Durable

 

White Oak, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a good range of sizes.

Description
Colour pale yellow brown. White Oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than Red Oak. White Oak therefore has more figure. Its adhesive properties are variable but it machines well, stains and polishes to a good finish. As it reacts with iron, galvanised screws are recommeded. A hard and heavy wood and very good in steam bending.

Typical uses 
Exterior and Internal Joinery , Architectural Joinery , Furniture , Kitchen Cabinets , Shop Fitting , Panelling , Mouldings
 
Weight      769kg/m3  (12%m/c)
Durable    Durable

 

Poplar, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a limited range of sizes.

Description
Colour varies from creamy white, yellowish brown to olive green. The wood has a medium texture and is straight grained. It is easy to machine, plane, turn, glue and bore. It takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well. It has a tendency to split when nailed.

Typical uses 
Interior Joinery , Furniture , Kitchen Cabinets , Panelling , Moulding , Light Construction , Turning and Carving
 
Weight          449kg/m3  (12 %m/c)
Durable         Non durable

 

Walnut, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a good range of sizes

Description
Colour is light to dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and dark streaks.The wood is generally straight grained, but sometimes can have a wavey or curly grain that produces an attractive figure. It machines and glues well. It holds paint very well and can be polished to an exceptional finish. A favoured wood for using in contrast with lighter coloured woods.

Typical uses 
Furniture , Cabinet Making , High Class Joinery , Architectural Interiors , Panelling

Weight           609kg/m3   (12%mc)
Durable          Durable

 

Alder, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in 1" and 2" .

Description
Colour is light brown with a reddish tinge. The wood is fairly straight grained with a uniform texture. It machines, screws, glues well and can can be sanded, painted or stained to a good finish. It is excellent for turning and polishing.

Typical uses 
Furniture , Kitchen Cabinets , Interior Mouldings , Turning , Carving , Kitchen Utensils
 
Weight           449kgg/m3   (12%m/c)
Durable         Non durable

 

Yellow Birch, American

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards, currently only in 1".

Description
Light reddish brown.The wood is generally straight grained with a fine uniform texture. It works fairly well, stains and polishes well. The wood is hard and strong with good bending qualitites.

Typical uses 
Furniture, Kitchen Cabinets , Internal Joinery , Panelling , Mouldings , Doors , Floors
 
Weight            689kg/m3   (12%mc)
Durability       Non durable

 

Elm, American Red

Specification
Limited availability in Square Edge boards.

Description
Colour is reddish brown to dark brown.The grain can be straight but can often be interlocked .The wood has a coarse texture. It is fairly easy to work and nails, screws, and glues well.Red Elm can be sanded, stained and polished to a good finish. It is moderately heavy,hard and has excellent bending qualities. It is difficult to split because of its interlocked grain.

Typical uses 
Furniture , Cabinet Making , Internal Joinery , Flooring , Panelling , Coffins  
 
Weight              593kg/m3  (15%m/c)
Durability        Non durable

 

Beech,European

Specification
Available in Square Edge and waney edge boards in a good range of sizes and grades. A combination of long and wide specifications can be difficult.

Description
Natural colour is white to pale brown. Also available steamed giving a warm pinkish colour. Steamed Beech has grown tremendously in popularity and is now used more and more as a substitute for Tropical Redwoods.  Usually fine and even in texture with practically no figure. It requires care in use ,as it can vary in both stability and working qualities. Beech is now one of the most widely used hardwoods in Ireland.
                                                                    
Typical Uses       
Cabinet Making , High class Joinery , Solid and Laminated Furniture , Work Benches , Bar Furniture , Frame Making
 
Weight       Average 720kg/M3
Durability  Non Durable

 

Chestnut, European

Specification
Available in First Quality Waney Edged boards.

Description
Sometimes known as Spanish or Sweet Chestnut. Pale to light brown, similar to Oak, but without the silver grain figure of Oak due to finer rays. Easy to work and gives an excellent finish.

Typical Uses 
Kitchen Furniture , Turnery , Kitchen Utensils , Furniture , Back Panels in Oak Furniture , Drawer Sides
 
Weight       Approx. 540kg/M3
Durability  Moderately Durable

 

 Ash, European

Specification
Available in Waney Edged Boards.  A combination of long and wide boards can be difficult.

Description
White to light grey or brown.The wood is tough, flexible and straight grained. The texture is coarse but even. It has a pronounced grain character which on flat sawn surfaces produces a decorative figure.

Typical uses 
Cabinet Making , Furniture , Sports Goods , Tool Handles , Vehicle Body Building 
 
Weight             Average 710kg/m3
Durability        Non durable

 

Oak, European

Specification
Available in Square Edge and Waney Edged boards in a  range of sizes.

Description
Light yellow  brown, variable in character. Quarter sawn surfaces contain figure due to broad rays. Direct contact with metals will cause corrosion due to the acidic of nature oak.

Typical uses 
Furniture , High class external and internal joinery , Cabinet making , Constructional
 
Weight             Average 670 kg/m3
Durability         Durable

 

Sycamore, European

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a limited range of sizes.

Description
White to creamy white with a natural lustre. It has a uniform straight grain with a fine close even texture. Fairly easy to work and gives a fine smooth finish.

Typical uses 
Cabinet work , Furniture , High quality joinery , Domestic woodware , Turning

Weight          Average 610kg/m3
Durability     Non durable

 

Framire

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a range of sizes.

Description
Pale yellow to light brown. Also known as Idigbo and Emeri.The timber is mild giving a good working and finishing properties together with stability in service. It has a medium texture and very little decorative grain.

Typical uses 
High class Joinery , Furniture , Cabinet Making , Shopfitting , Window and Door Frames
 
Weight       Average 575kg/m3  (15%mc)
Durability  Durable

 

Gaboon

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a range of sizes.

Description
Colour light pink brown. The grain is slightly interlocked or straight. The wood has medium to moderately fine texture. It works easily with both hand and machine tools and is reported to have good nailing and gluing properties. It stains satisfactorily and is reported to to polish to a lustrous finish.

Typical uses 
Furniture Components , Interior Construction , Interior Joinery , Mouldings , Panelling
 
Weight             430kg/m3  (15%mc)
Durability        Non durable

 

Iroko

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a range  of thicknesses    Also available in Waney Edge / Square one Edge in 1" in  a longer and wider specification.

Description
Colour varies from medium to golden brown. Iroko has excellent strength properties comparing well with Teak, though weaker in bending and compression along the grain. Iroko works fairly well with most tools though with some dulling effect on their cutting edges. On quarter sawn surfaces their is a tendency for grain to pick up due to interlocked grain. A cutting angle of 15 degrees is usually necessary to obtain a smooth finish. An excellent finish can be obtained if the grain is filled.

Typical uses 
Exterior Joinery , Interior Joinery , Laboratory Work , Worktops , Boatbuilding 

Weight         Average  660kg/m3  (15%mc)
Durability      Durable

 

Sapele

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards in a range of sizes.

Description
Reddish brown. Works fairly well, although care is needed to achieve a smooth finish owing to variations in grain.Sapele is characterised by a striped grain in quarter sawn surfaces.

Typical uses 
Joinery , Door and Window frames , Stair Cases , Furniture , Cabinet Making , Shop Fitting
 
Weight     640kg/ m3 (15%mc)
Durable   Moderately durable

 

Sipo
 

Specification
Available in Waney edge / Square one edge boards in a long and wide specification  in limited number of thicknesses

Description
Colour reddish brown. Same family as Utile and similar in appearance.

Typical uses 
Joinery , Furniture , Cabinet Making , Doors  / Windows , Staircases
 
Weight           655kg/m3  (15%mc)
Durability      Durable

 

Utile 

Specification
Availability in Square Edge boards in a range of sizes.

Description
Reddish to purplish brown.Utile belongs to the same family as Sapele with a similar appearance, but is far more even textured and stable. Generally it is easily worked.

Typical uses 
Joinery , Furniture , Shopfitting , Cabinet Making , Doors and Window Frames , Staircases

Weight         655 kg/m3  (15%mc)
Durability    Durable

 

Keruing

Specification
Available in Square Edge boards and Machined sizes for truck body flooring.

Description
Colour light red to  reddish brown.The grain is usually straight but may be shallowly interlocked. The texture is moderately coarse but even. Keruing contains an resin which often exudes from the surface of some boards especially when exposed to the sun. The resin content, type of grain and hardness, affect the general ease of working, dulling of cutters and finishing. Due to the resin, varnishing and polishing require care. It nails and screws reasonably well, but its gluing properties are variable. For durable exterior exterior construction the timber should be treated with preservative.

Typical uses 
Heavy and light Construction , Truck Body Flooring , Vehicle Building , Wagon Sides

Weight            Average 750kgs/m3
Durability       Moderately  durable

 

John Molloy Joinery Works, Tickincor, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
phone: +353 (0)52 6121619, fax: +353 (0)52 6121619, 
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