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Hardwoods Held at Richard Potter
The purpose of this page is to give our customers a very brief insight into the Hardwood stocks held by Richard Potter. The page contains useful information about end uses, countries of origin, and available thicknesses, etc. All the information should be useful to everybody, but particularly to those who are not familiar with the Hardwood Trade.
Members of our staff are always available to give further advice and information.
 
Ash (American White)
American Ash is fairly easy to work and produces a good finish when machined. It gives good results with stain and polish and can be glued satisfactorily. Because of its light colour and attractive grain it is popular for interior joinery and shop fitting.

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
25mm 38mm 50mm 75mm


Eastern USA & SE Canada
 
 
Beech (European)
Beech is exceptionally good for steam bending purposes. It's superior strength properties combined with moderate weight and good working qualities make it a preferred timber for many uses.

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
25mm 47mm


European
 
 
Iroko
Iroko has outstanding qualities of durability and stability. It is not unduly hard or heavy and has a pleasing appearance. It is used in shipbuilding, high class joinery, laboratory benches, garden furniture and flooring.

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
25mm 38mm 50mm 75mm


West and Central Afirca
 
 
Jelutong
Jelutong is uniformly white or straw coloured throughout, it is of a fine and even texture with straight grain. It's appearance however is marred by the presence of slit like latex traces. Jelutong is rated as non durable, nonetheless it is very popular for carving, model making and handicraft work (especially Rocking Horses).

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
100mm


Borneo, Sumatra, Malaya etc.
 
 
Keruing
Because of the presence of resin and silica it does not necessarily machine easily or take finishes. However it's Iow cost makes Keruing very popular for constructional work in road and agricultural vehicles.

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
Available to order


SE Asia, Malaya, Borneo, Philippines
 
 
Maple
Maple is greatly valued for it's strength and resistance to wear, coupled with a very attractive creamy white appearance. The wood has a fine even texture and natural lustre. Widely used for factory floors, squash courts, machine parts, etc.

Price Range:
Upper

Thicknesses Available:
25mm 50mm


USA and Canada
 
 
Meranti (Dark Red)
The timber presents little difficulty in sawing and machining. It is quite stable, strong and is suitable for exterior joiner etc. It is sometimes used as a cheaper alternative to Mahogany.

Price Range:
Fairly Economic

Thickness Available:
50mm 75mm


Malaysia, Sumatra, Philippines, Borneo
 
 
Oak (American White)
American White Oak resembles European Oak. It is, however, more variable in colour, pale yellowish brown to mid brown, sometimes with a pinkish tint. The grain is usually straight except around knots. In common with other species of Oak, White Oak corrodes metals, particularly iron, steel and lead. Use of non ferrous metals for fastenings and fittings is recommended; alternatively iron or steel metal work should be galvanised or well painted.

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
25mm 38mm 50mm


USA and Canada
 
 
Sapele
Sapele is generally a fairly dark reddish or purplish brown. It has a natural lustre. A well known characteristic of Sapele is the straight stripe or roe figure of quarter cut material, it is widely used for joinery of a substantial nature, for example staircases, heavy window frames and flooring.

Price Range:
Medium

Thickness Available:
25mm 38mm 50mm 63mm 75mm 100mm


West and Central Africa
 
 
Walnut (American Black)
Walnut is a kindly wood to work with hand and machine tools. Owing to the oily nature it cuts cleanly, especially with small hand tools which leave a fine surface finish: Black Walnut is excellent for carving and turns well to a smooth finish. It is one of the best American woods for furniture, cabinet work and interior decoration.

Price Range:
Upper

Thickness Available:
25mm 50mm


Eastern United States
 

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