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31—08—2021

The Origins of Our Timber Veneers

The unique characteristics of different timbers is what makes our veneer plywood products so appealing, with the various colours, grains and knots providing a natural warmth and visual interest that cannot be replicated in synthetic or man-made products.

Timber veneers are made up of thin slices of wood glued together to make flat sheets. In our Maxi Veneer range of plywood panels, we offer six standard veneers, each of these bringing a certain look and feel to your project. But what’s the story of these different timbers and where did they come from? Read on to find out!

American Oak

Made from a variety of oaks in the Quercus genus, American Oak is grown widely across the eastern part of North America and imported into Australia. American Oak has large distinctive growth rings with a light-coloured sapwood and light to dark coloured heartwood. Oak is a strong hardwood species that is well-suited to joinery and has good bending properties and stains to an attractive finish.

American Walnut

Another timber that is grown predominately in the east of North America, Walnut is made from the Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra). In Australia, it is often manufactured into a premium product and is well-suited to cabinetry and joinery. A large hardwood tree with creamy white sapwood and heartwood that ranges in colour from golden to rich chocolate brown, occasionally with darker narrow streaks, the grain is generally straight and fine, but can also be wavy at times.

Blackbutt (NFG and ¼ cut)

Taking its common name from the rough bark at the base of the tree which is often charred black, a reminder of past bushfires, Blackbutt, or Eucalyptus pilularis is a tall hardwood tree endemic to Australia. Highly valued for its timber, it is mainly grown along the north coast of NSW, but is also found in coastal forests from southern Queensland, down to southern NSW. Due to its fast growth and versatility, plantations have been established both in Australia and overseas. The even texture and straight grain make it a good option for interiors, with the colouring ranging from golden yellow to pale brown.

Spotted Gum

Made from any one of the four Corymbia species that grow along the east coast from Queensland to Victoria, Spotted Gum is a premium hardwood tree that is native to Australia. The striking appearance makes it highly sought after for a wide range of design applications. Durable and strong, it is a popular choice for architects due to its attractive colours and markings and is commonly used for cladding, flooring, structural timber, veneer and plywood.

Distinct and unique: the ideal choice for your next project

All four timbers used to create our six standard Maxi Veneer panels are attractive, durable and unique in their own right. You can see for yourself how impressive the finished product looks in the Hargraves Street project (NFG Blackbutt), Princess Hill House project (Blackbutt) and Remer project.

Have a question about our Veneer products? Or need some guidance on specifying the right plywood for your project? Our team are always happy to help! Simply get in touch on 1300 761 741.

Contact us for more information
Posted by: Category: Technical Info, Facts About Ply

31—08—2021

The Origins of Our Timber Veneers
Posted by: Category: Technical Info, Facts About Ply

The unique characteristics of different timbers is what makes our veneer plywood products so appealing, with the various colours, grains and knots providing a natural warmth and visual interest that cannot be replicated in synthetic or man-made products.

Timber veneers are made up of thin slices of wood glued together to make flat sheets. In our Maxi Veneer range of plywood panels, we offer six standard veneers, each of these bringing a certain look and feel to your project. But what’s the story of these different timbers and where did they come from? Read on to find out!

American Oak

Made from a variety of oaks in the Quercus genus, American Oak is grown widely across the eastern part of North America and imported into Australia. American Oak has large distinctive growth rings with a light-coloured sapwood and light to dark coloured heartwood. Oak is a strong hardwood species that is well-suited to joinery and has good bending properties and stains to an attractive finish.

American Walnut

Another timber that is grown predominately in the east of North America, Walnut is made from the Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra). In Australia, it is often manufactured into a premium product and is well-suited to cabinetry and joinery. A large hardwood tree with creamy white sapwood and heartwood that ranges in colour from golden to rich chocolate brown, occasionally with darker narrow streaks, the grain is generally straight and fine, but can also be wavy at times.

Blackbutt (NFG and ¼ cut)

Taking its common name from the rough bark at the base of the tree which is often charred black, a reminder of past bushfires, Blackbutt, or Eucalyptus pilularis is a tall hardwood tree endemic to Australia. Highly valued for its timber, it is mainly grown along the north coast of NSW, but is also found in coastal forests from southern Queensland, down to southern NSW. Due to its fast growth and versatility, plantations have been established both in Australia and overseas. The even texture and straight grain make it a good option for interiors, with the colouring ranging from golden yellow to pale brown.

Spotted Gum

Made from any one of the four Corymbia species that grow along the east coast from Queensland to Victoria, Spotted Gum is a premium hardwood tree that is native to Australia. The striking appearance makes it highly sought after for a wide range of design applications. Durable and strong, it is a popular choice for architects due to its attractive colours and markings and is commonly used for cladding, flooring, structural timber, veneer and plywood.

Distinct and unique: the ideal choice for your next project

All four timbers used to create our six standard Maxi Veneer panels are attractive, durable and unique in their own right. You can see for yourself how impressive the finished product looks in the Hargraves Street project (NFG Blackbutt), Princess Hill House project (Blackbutt) and Remer project.

Have a question about our Veneer products? Or need some guidance on specifying the right plywood for your project? Our team are always happy to help! Simply get in touch on 1300 761 741.

Contact us for more information