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Species of Timber Commonly Available

Colours and grain patterns can vary widely from the examples shown, but the photographs are intended as a reasonable guideline as to what you might expect in the selected timber. It should be appreciated that timber is a natural product and therefore no two pieces are exactly the same.

The property that causes timber to swell and shrink due to air moisture, is called hygroscopicity. The common method of preventing this is to seal the surface of timber so it cannot freely come into contact with the air. Paints, varnishes and lacquers are used for this purpose. All faces of the timber, seen and unseen, should be coated, paying particular attention to end grain surfaces.

Click an image to see a bigger version Timber species for doors - Cedar Timber species for doors - Cedar Timber species for doors - American White Oak
Timber species for doors - Cottage Rimu Timber species for doors - Hard Maple Timber species for doors - Heart Rimu Timber species for doors - NZ Radiata Timber species for doors - Jarrah
Timber species for doors - Kauri Timber species for doors - Oregon Timber species for doors - Sapele Mahogany Timber species for doors - Tawa Timber species for doors - Victorian Ash

Interior door - Alhambra


Cedar - Canadian Western Red Cedar is a very stable timber available for door construction. High colour variation can make it difficult to perfectly colour match doors. Cedar can easily vary from chocolate brown, to a redish colour. (See next timber sample for other colour variations). Care needs to be exercised when handling Cedar because of its soft characteristics.


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