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In depth information on a wide range of topics.
Routing - Getting Started  

Routing - Getting Started

How to Guides  

How to Guides

Router & Cutter Maintenance  

Router & Cutter Maintenance

Routing Accessories  

Routing Accessories

Tradesman Routing Applications  

Tradesman Routing Applications

Routing Cutter Applications  

Routing Cutter Applications

Routing Jigs & Templates  

Routing Jigs & Templates

Table Routing  

Table Routing

Frequently Asked Questions  

Frequently Asked Questions

Drilling & Trend Snappy  

Drilling & Trend Snappy

Sharpening with Diamond Stones  

Sharpening with Diamond Stones

Sawing  

Sawing

Spindle Tooling  

Spindle Tooling

Timbers & Material Glossary  

Timbers & Material Glossary

 

Timbers & Material Glossary

 
 
Hardwood
Hardwood
 
Softwood
Softwood
 
Wood Based Boards
Wood Based Boards
 
Plastics
Plastics
 
Composites
Composites

Hardwood

Ash, European Ash, European Latin name Fraxinus excelsior Origin Europe Colour Cream, grey and brown Usage Tool handles, vehicle bodywork, flooring, internal joinery...

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Beech, Steamed Beech, Steamed Latin name Fagus sylvatica Origin Central Europe Colour Pale to pinkish brown Usage Furniture, joinery, turnery, flooring Durability...

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Beech, Unsteamed Beech, Unsteamed Latin name Fagus sylvatica Origin Northern Europe Colour Pale brown and white Usage Furniture, joinery, turnery, flooring Durability...

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Birch, European Birch, European Latin name Betula spp. Origin Europe, Scandinavia and Russia Colour Creamy white to biscuit Usage High class joinery, furniture drawer...

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Elm, English Elm, English Latin name Ulmus procera Origin British Isles Colour light medium greyish brown Usage Boatbuilding, furniture, general woodworking...

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Iroko Iroko Latin name Chlorophora excelsa Origin West and East Africa Colour Yellow brown to dark brown (highly variable) Usage Boat-building,...

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Mahogany, Brazilian Mahogany, Brazilian Latin name Swietenia macrophylla Origin South America Colour Reddish brown Usage Internal and external joinery, pattern making, furniture...

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Maple, Rock Maple, Rock Latin name Acer saccharum, Acer nigrum Origin North America Colour Cream to light brown Usage Shopfitting, flooring, furniture, kitchens...

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Meranti, Dark Red Meranti, Dark Red Latin name Shorea spp Origin Malaysia Colour Pink/reddish brown Usage General joinery Durability Moderately durable Density 630 to 670...

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Oak, American White Oak, American White Latin name Quercus alba Origin Eastern USa and South Eastern Canada Colour Pale yellow-brown to biscuit with pinkish tint Usage Interior...

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Oak, European Oak, European Latin name Quercus robur Origin UK & Europe Colour Light to dark brown Usage Garden furniture, boat building, gateposts, furniture, floors...

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Oak, Red Oak, Red Latin name Quercus rubra Origin North America Colour Pale brown with a pinkish tinge Usage Internal joinery, coffin manufacture Durability...

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Padauk Padauk Latin name Pterocarpus soyauxii Origin Central and West Africa Colour Vivid red toning to dark purple/brown with red streaks Usage High...

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Ramin Ramin Latin name Gonystylus macrophyllum Origin South East Asia Colour Pale creamy brown Usage Furniture, interior joinery, turnery, toys,...

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Sapele Sapele Latin name Entandrophragma cylindricum Origin West and East Africa Colour Reddish brown Usage General joinery Durability Durable Density...

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Sycamore Sycamore Latin name Acer pseudoplatanus Origin Europe Colour Creamy white Usage Cabinet making, wood-ware Durability non-durable Density 630...

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Teak Teak Latin name Tectona grandis Origin Southern Europe Colour Golden brown Usage Boat building, exterior joinery Durability Durable Density...

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Walnut, European Walnut, European Latin name Juglans regia Origin Europe, Asia Minor, South west Asia Colour Grey brown with darker streaks Usage Furniture, interior...

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