Hardwoods

Hardwoods

Our carefully selected hardwood timber.

We have a full range of hardwood timber in stock in various sizes and lengths. To enquire about availability please call 01953 887 555, or fill in our onsite contact form and we’ll get back to you.

At Burton’s Timber we use our years of experience working in the timber and lumber trade to ensure that we always have the very best hardwoods in stock for your needs. These can be machined to your preference at our Norfolk factory.

All of our suppliers go through a full vetting process in order to check that we only source quality hardwood timber from sustainable and legal sources. We have built established relationships within the industry, allowing us to put our name behind the standard of our products.

We generally stock the following hardwoods, however we can source nearly all commonly occurring timber on your behalf. Please call our office and we will be able to help with any enquiry should you require timber that does not appear on our list.

American White Oak

American White Oak

American White Ash

American White Ash

American Black Walnut

American Black Walnut

Cherry

Cherry

Dark Red Meranti

Dark Red Meranti

European Oak

European Oak

Iroko

Iroko

Idigbo

Idigbo

Keruing

Keruing

Maple

Maple

Poplar

Poplar

Sapele

Sapele

American White Oak

American White Oak

An attractive alternative to traditional English Oak

American White Oak is a strong, dense hardwood that offers considerably more structural strength than its Red Oak cousin. It is a popular material for finishing the interior detailing in houses due to its rot and water resistant properties. Easy to work, beautiful and only moderately priced, this is a hugely popular hardwood with woodworkers.

Featuring a straight grain together with a medium to coarse texture and prominent growth rings, it provides a strong look for joinery, furniture construction and flooring. Much like European Oak the wood is acidic enough to corrode metals and will stain upon contact with iron.

Weight
Weight: 750 kg/m3

American White Ash

American White Ash

A Strong and Straight-Grained Hardwood.

There is no difference between the popular and robust American White Ash and its European counterpart, with the exception of the colouring, which shows a more pronounced range of depth between the early-wood and latewood in the American White Ash.  This is one of the best value hardwoods, competitively priced comparable to Oak.

American White Ash is a high demand wood and commonly used in flooring, furniture and tool handles. The colour is usually pale white although it may present a slight brown tone, with a straight grain and a medium to coarse texture. When stained it has a very similar appearance and is almost indistinguishable to Oak.

Weight
Weight: 660 kg/m3

American Black Walnut

American Black Walnut

A Rich Chocolate Brown Hardwood.

Black Walnut is a very popular wood that ranks among the more expensive hardwoods available. Hugely desirable due to its good working qualities and excellent colouration, demand for this material has consistently pushed up the price in recent years, with uses ranging from standard furniture construction through to ornate gun stocks.

The colouration of Black Walnut ranges from dark brown for the hardwood through to lighter shades for the sapwood. On the whole you can expect a straight grain, with some irregularity, which may pose a slight challenge when working. Medium textured and with a moderate lustre, this strong wood often presents elegant figured patterns.

Weight
Weight: 640 kg/m3

Cherry

Cherry

A beautiful reddish-brown lightweight hardwood.

North American Cherry develops a highly attractive, deep reddish-brown colour with extended exposure to sunlight. Fine textured with a moderate natural lustre, it has a smooth and stately appearance that is only enhanced through occasion patterning. A highly durable and moderately priced hardwood with a cost comparable to Walnut.

Cherry possesses a straight grain that makes it incredibly suitable for machining and all kinds of working with the exception of staining. Both stable and strong, it is highly suitable for cabinet making and all kinds of furniture construction. Over time the reddish brown colour will become more pronounced, unlike other woods, which may discolour in direct light.

Weight
Weight: 580 kg/m3

Dark Red Meranti

Dark Red Meranti

A versatile construction timber.

Dark Red Meranti is a dark reddish to brown coloured hardwood originating from South-East Asia. This wood is known to be easy to work, although the interlocked grain may cause problems on cutting. Upon working it generally gives a good finish, taking well to both gluing and holding stain, making it a good choice for a number of different purposes ranging from boatbuilding through to construction and flooring.

This hardwood is usually available at a moderate price, making it a good, viable alternative to Mahogany, and for this reason Dark Red Meranti is sometimes known as Philippine Mahogany. It comes with a low natural lustre and a fairly rough texture, which means that it is generally preferred as a utility wood.

Weight
Weight: 550 kg/m3

European Oak

European Oak

A beautiful and traditional hardwood.

Oak is without question one of the most popular and classic hardwoods. It has an excellent reputation in the carpentry and joinery industry for its disease and rot resistance, producing excellent results when worked for all kinds of purposes. Common uses range from furniture, interior trim and veneers, through to boat-building, where its structural strength protects it from the long-term effects of exposure to water.

The colour of Oak ranges from a light to a medium brown with a reasonable degree of variation. The grain tends to be completely straight, but can vary in accordance with the growth of the tree, and will sometimes present a wavy or irregular pattern. It has a coarse texture that often stains on extended contact with iron.

Weight
Weight: 720 kg/m3

Iroko

Iroko

An attractive alternative to Teak.

Iroko originates from Tropical Africa and is a hardwood with a yellow to golden brown colouration, which will darken over time to a rich and beautiful honeyed tone.  Coarse in texture with large pores and diffuse patterning, it is one of the more competitively priced hardwoods on the market today.

With an interlocking grain Iroko can present a slight challenge when working, however this hardwood has a reputation for its robust nature and is known for its extreme durability. As a result it is ideal for all kinds of purposes, including internal and external joinery, flooring and even marine applications.

Weight
Weight: 640 kg/m3

Idigbo

Idigbo

A good quality tropical hardwood.

Idigbo has an attractive and versatile pale yellow colour that features a prominent growth ring. When worked the wood tends to have a silky surface, distinct from its medium to coarse natural texture. It is straight grained with only a slight interlock, making it an inexpensive choice when a good looking wood is required.

Idigbo is perfect for high quality joinery and furniture construction, however as a rule it should not be used in damp conditions as the wood has a tendency to stain. The wood works well with preservative treatment, and is known to be slightly stronger than English Beech.

Weight
Weight: 540 kg/m3

Keruing

Keruing

A popular Southern-Asian hardwood.

The term Keruing does not refer to a single kind of timber, but rather hardwood from up to 70 different species of tree, all from South East Asia. It is a versatile utility wood that ranges in colour from light to yellowish brown all the way through to a darker, reddish brown. The wood’s coarse texture is easy to work with although there may be small crystals of silica present in the wood, which may dull cutting equipment.

Normally straight grained, Keruing is generally used in heavy construction, sea defences and lorry bodies for its structural composition and strength. It is sometimes sold under the name of Apitong or less frequently as Asian Mahogany and can produce a pleasant resinous odour on working that may persist after installation.

Weight
Weight: 720 - 800 kg/m3

Maple

Maple

A clean and majestic hardwood.

This is an incredibly strong and robust hardwood with a huge range of domestic and commercial applications. Maple is prized for the quality of its sapwood, and this versatile material can be found in a number of shades ranging from an almost pure white through to cream, with reddish or golden brown hues.

Extremely suitable for a number of uses including all kinds of flooring, joinery and cabinets, this straight grained hardwood has a fine and even texture that makes it incredibly easy to work with machines or by hand. Also commonly known as the sugar maple, as this is the tree that is most commonly tapped for Maple syrup.

Weight
Weight: 720 kg/m3

Poplar

Poplar

A neutral and easy to use utility wood.

Poplar is one of the least expensive hardwoods available, making it a commonly used choice when a utility wood is required. It has low density relative to other hardwoods, giving it a medium durability, and an affinity towards paints and staining.

On the plus side Poplar is extremely easy to work, with little effort required to hand saw timber. However this soft wood can sometimes present rough edges that need smoothing with finer sandpapers. Featuring a straight grain and a fine, uniform texture it tends to have a whitish sapwood with a darker heartwood, which presents a shade ranging from a reddish-brown through to a purple colour.

Weight
Weight: 450 kg/m3

Sapele

Sapele

An excellent replacement for Mahogany.

Sapele is a moderately priced hardwood. This strong, durable wood has a golden to dark reddish brown coloured heartwood that tends to darken over age. Featuring a desirable natural lustre, it has a uniform texture, which when cut creates a beautiful stripe. This quality makes it a popular choice for various uses including furniture and speciality wooden items.

Known for a straight to wavy grain, some of the figurative grain patterns in Sapele are considered to be highly desirable and may increase the price of conditioned timber. Considered to be as strong as Oak and highly rot resistant, the robust properties of this hardwood sometimes make it more challenging to work, but the result is always rewarding.

Weight
Weight: 620 kg/m3

To enquire about ordering any timber or wooden products from Burton's Timber, please call our main Norfolk Office on 01953 887 555, or fill in our online contact form and we'll get back to you.

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