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Every well conceived woodworking project should begin with the correct materials. Timber is the very thing you build your ideas upon, so using the correct type of wood is essential to the success of the building process as well as the look and quality of the finished product.

Whether you're interested in a simple interior joinery job or a more complex sash window construction, Woodshop Direct have sourced a wide ranging and varied array of wood materials, originating from many different corners of the globe. So to give you an insight into the types of timber we have on offer, take a look at our geographical origins map and find out what you need to complete your next DIY venture.

*this infographic is for illustration purposes only.


North American Timber

#1. American White Oak - a high density, high strength timber, resistant to decay and great for all furniture, flooring, doors, cabinet making and other interior projects, due to its combined strength and usability.

#6. Black Walnut - great looking, easy to machine and responds well to screws, nails and gluing. Black Walnut is also ideal for furniture, cabinets, high quality joinery, flooring and doors.

#7. Poplar - a versatile, easy working and low density wood, great for nails, screws and gluing. This material responds well to finishes and is great for kitchen furnishings, profiles and mouldings.

#11. American Ash - tough and machines effectively with a classic, attractive finish that would suit many different interior jobs. This is a great timber option for tool handles, sporting equipment and high quality joinery.

#14. Canadian Maple - known for its hardness, strength, abrasion resistance and heavy-weight properties. Both its look and physical attributes make it a popular material for general  furniture and joinery uses.

#16. American Cherry - this timber polishes brilliantly, responds well to machine use and is shock resistant, making it perfect for musical instruments, boat interiors as well as general and high end joinery.

#17. Southern Yellow Pine - with a thick grain and strong and striking in its look, yellow pine is the hardest pine in existence. Responds well to Osmo oil, machines well and works well with nails, screws and glues.

#18. Western Red Cedar - one of the most unique softwood species you'll find, offering a striking natural beauty and extraordinary durability. This timber includes naturally-occurring preservatives that provide high strength and resistance to termites, moisture and decay, making it ideal for outdoor use without the need for additional coatings and treatments.

#20. Douglas Fir - extremely strong and able to withstand an array of demanding woodworking jobs - this timber adapts to many interior and exterior jobs.

European Timber

#3. European Oak - yellowish-brown in colour, this durable timber can be stained, waxed, polished and glued well, making it incredibly suitable for both interior and exterior joinery jobs.

#4. Redwood Pine - a medium to lightweight option, European Redwood is perfect when used with stainless steel and brass.

#19. Lime - soft, light and easy to work, this is one of the best wood materials for hand carving and other artistic purposes. Perfect for musical instruments, cutting boards and anything else that requires an attractive finish. European Lime also glues incredibly effectively.

#9/#10. White Beech/Steamed Beech - with its fine and even texture, this timber is a versatile material with a smooth surface, taking glue, stains and polishes effectively. Its uses are almost endless; from furniture to tools, toys, shoe making, joinery, flooring and more.

African Timber

#2. Obeche - pale in colour, incredibly fine in texture with an interlocking grain, this easy-to-work timber is perfect for veneers, carvings and furniture. Featuring a very soft, lightweight yet strong composition.

#4. Sapele - a mix of golden hues and deep reddish browns, this gorgeous looking wood features bold, distinctive grain stripes and is perfect for furniture and cabinets. Great for staining, dying and glues very effectively.

#12. Indigbo - Yellow/light brown in colour with a straight, irregular grain. This medium weight wood can be used for many different timber projects, from high quality joinery to interior flooring.

#15. Utile - with similar benefits to Sapele, this wood nails, glues and finishes to an excellent standard. It also has a medium hardness and weight, making it a great all-round option for joinery, furniture and cabinet making.

Timber From Asia

#8. Meranti - this wood can stain and polish well and is moderately strong while offering potential resistance to decay and insect attacks. Perfect for everything from cladding and joinery to flooring, construction and building boats.

#21. Teak - incredibly solid and great for making beautiful furniture, teak is also known for holding up well against insect attacks. As a workable material it's also very long-lasting and does not decay or get easily damaged.

#22. Jelutong - a low density timber with a minimal risk of splitting and warping. Due to its composition, Jelutong is great for sculpture making, picture frames and parts for shoes.

Post By Ed Mason