Timber Types

We offer a great range of timber types to suit your requirements. Find out more about them below.


(Also known as poplar) for internal use.
This is an extremely versatile tight grain hardwood; it is an ideal quality moulding timber. Stains or polishes well.
Poplar can be used for a paint finish, as it is free from the grain found in softwood so less “rubbing down” is necessary to obtain a very smooth surface.


Hardwood has a close fine grain, can be used internal or external.
It is excellent for painting or polishing.
Moderate to very durable in regard to decay resistance.
Machines well, with very little sanding to finish.

European Oak

The majority of European Oak is sourced from Croatia, with 41% of the landmass being covered in forest. Croatia has the perfect temperate climate for producing high quality European Oak logs, that take upwards of 120 years to grow. Both crown cut and straight grain boards in prime grade oak that is predominantly defect free, limited traces of sap and small natural pin knots.
We have over the years used other species of oak and have found European oak being the most stable and giving the best quality finish. The heartwood varies from light tan to biscuit or deep brown. Rays and growth rings show an attractive figuring with occasional silver flecks.
A fairly hard, heavy and dense hardwood. Pre-boring is advised for nailing and screwing. Good for painting, sanding, staining and polishing. European oak can be darkened by fuming with ammonia. Due to tannins present in the timber, oak wood will react with ferrous metals when wet. Select non-ferrous (brass or stainless steel) fixings where possible. Extremely durable.

American White Oak

White Oak is strong, beautiful and similar in colour and appearance to European oak. White oak nails and screws well although pre-boring is advised.
As it reacts with iron, galvanized nails are recommended. Its adhesive properties are variable, but it stains and polishes to a good finish.
Can be used internal or external, very durable.


The wood is generally straight-grained, but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure.
This species produces a greater variety of figure types than any other. It is a favoured wood for using in contrast with lighter color woods.
Paints, stains or polishes well.
For internal use


Accoya is a longer lasting timber as it has been through a treating process that gives far more durability. It is increasingly popular as an external timber for its outstanding performance.

The treatment stops movement, so after it has been painted we have found that there is no cracking or distortion so the lasting is superb. At an extra cost we believe it is fully worth investing in this timber.

Accoya machines, paints and stains well.


Maple wood is incredibly strong, looks great, and stains or paints nicely. Light, creamy colour, smooth. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture. Rated as non-durable. For internal use only.

American Ash

It is Pale cream through to greyish brown in colour. Ash generally has a straight grain.
This timber is from the North American Regions. It is an internal timber.
Ash machines, paints and stains well. It is recommended to pre drill before screws and nails when fixing and this can help avoid splitting.

MDF Moisture Resistant

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) MR popular for internal work. Offered in a few simple profiles left clean ready for painting.

Southern Yellow Pine

An excellent timber for using for mouldings as there is a minimal amount of knots.
Can be used internally or externally. Paints, stains or polishes well.
Southern Yellow Pine is from the Southern States in North America and is know to be the hardest, strongest pine in existence.