Solid timber is rapidly becoming scarce and expensive due to logging and the long periods of time it takes for most trees to grow. There are many different timbers on the market that range in price, characteristics and strength.
The two categories that timber can be put into are hardwoods and softwoods and the two can be defined by their differences in the woods microstructure which determines its density and strength.
This timber is an excellent choice for any sort of woodwork but if you want a good quality timber with minimum flaws, be prepared to pay a bit extra due to the reasons above. Cheaper timbers such as pine can be good but don't compare in aesthetics and quality to dearer timbers.
In my opinion solid natural timber is the best type of timber for cabinet making and furniture use because it has the best features and characteristics. Manufactured boards are also good but nothing compares to solid natural timbers.
- It is the most aesthetically pleasing type of timber
- There are a vast amount of types for example Tasmanian oak, pine, Jara
- It is suitable for all woodwork joints
- Its long lasting
- There are a range of colours, textures and grains available
- Takes adhesives and finishes well
- Can be expensive
- Can be difficult to find the timber you are after
- Has natural defects such as knots
- Can warp, shrink, twist or swell