Turpentine Hardwood For Your Flooring?
Turpentine wood is an extremely hard and durable Australian native hardwood. It is suitable for a wide range of construction and engineering uses as well as home improvement jobs.
This large tree species occurs right along the eastern coast of Australia. It stretches from Cooktown in Far North Queensland down South to Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales.
The different colours of this hardwood range from deep red to reddish-brown, and the texture is fine to medium but often wavy, with interlocked grain. Turpentine is free from gum veins. The combination of colour, grain and texture make it a wonderful hardwood flooring that if properly looked after and maintained will last for a very long time.
Turpentine Is A Hard Multipurpose Wood
Turpentine hardwood is the main Australian wood species for marine pylons. Other engineering applications include jetty, wharf and bridge construction (where turpentine is used as sawn and round timber), railway sleepers, and mining timbers. Turpentine is also used in general house framing, flooring and decking, to lining and cladding.
It’s also used in the construction of plywood, laminated beams and bench tops, joinery and parquetry. Other uses include boat-building (knees, gunwales, planking, decking) and the production of oyster stakes, wine casks, mallets, and bearings.
This wood is a very hard, rated 1 on a 6-class scale (1 is the hardest – 6 the softest) in relation to indentation and its ability to be worked by hand. Due to the presence of silica, this wood can be abrasive to machine cutters. It readily accepts paint, stains and polish.
Extremely durable in above ground uses, this wood has a life expectancy that is in excess of 40 years. In-ground life expectancy ranges from 15 to 25 years.
This Hardwood Is Suited For:
- Structural Poles
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