Widen your choice with tim­ber ve­neers

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - By Peter Llewellyn

AR­CHI­TECTS AND in­te­rior de­sign­ers are some­what lim­ited when it comes to fea­tur­ing tim­ber in their de­signs. It re­ally comes down to a hand­ful of hard­woods and soft­woods that are avail­able as kiln-dried join­ery tim­bers – some lo­cally-grown species plus a few im­ports.

Tim­ber ve­neers pro­vide a much wider choice, with a rich pal­ette of colours and grain pat­terns stocked by lo­cal ve­neer sup­pli­ers. Species such as Ja­panese sen and pear­wood with their prom­i­nent grain and dis­tinc­tive colour­ing are vir­tu­ally un­ob­tain­able in this coun­try in the form of solid wood.

That raises the ques­tion of how one can match an ex­otic ve­neer if the same species of solid tim­ber is un­avail­able in the lo­cal mar­ket. It’s then a mat­ter of spec­i­fy­ing

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Tim­ber Ve­neer As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia

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