Beautifully coloured, resilient and perfectly suited for tongue and groove flooring, Tasmanian Oak is the #1 preferred hardwood also used to construct furniture, scantlings, cabinetry and panelled walls. Harvested from PEFC-certified, sustainable hardwoods from the temperate, north western forests of found in the state, Tasmanian Oak is a favourite among building designers and architects desiring an elegantly modern, distinctly crisp appearance to enhance their projects.
TYPES OF TASMANIAN OAK WOODS
Tasmanian Oak is a collective name describing three, nearly identical categories of eucalypt hardwoods–Alpine ash, Mountain ash and Messmate. Early timbers workers thought these eucalypts demonstrated the same strength and durability as the English Oak and decided to call these particular species of hardwoods Tasmanian Oak.
Tasmanian oak comes from managed forests where trees are grown according to sustainable development principles as part of an overall sustainable forest management system. The meaning of sustainable forest management, as defined by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, involves the “use and stewardship of forests…that sustains their biodiversity…regeneration capacity…and potential to fulfill relevant economic, social and ecological functions at global, national and local levels.”
JANKA HARDNESS FOR SUSTAINABLE TASMANIAN OAK
Janka hardness is the number ascribed to a wood that reveals how much pounds-force (lbf) it takes to to imbed a 11.28 mm diameter steel ball into the wood until only half the ball is visible. The janka hardness of Tasmanian oak is 1350, or 35% harder than teak wood. Janka hardness ratings are commonly used in determining whether a type of wood is applicable for use as flooring.
TASMANIAN OAK PROPERTIES
- Easily stained and polished
- Resists traffic wear, denting and other damage common to other wood floors
- Exhibits a light colouring, from tan to straw brown to a muted reddish-brown interspersed with moderate shades of pink to cream
- Presents an even open, straight grain complemented by visible growth rings
- Highly resistant to splits when using nails or screws
- Lustrous, smooth surface when working with the grain. Drilled holes are “to size” and very clean
- One of the most long-lasting, sustainable woods available–remains fresh-looking and beautifully shaded for years
WHAT IS TONGUE AND GROOVE FLOORING?
Tasmanian oak is the perfect choice for tongue and groove flooring, a technique of laying flooring that involves affixing two panels of Tasmanian oak together, with one side of each panel grooved and the other side having a projection, or “tongue”. By interlocking panels using the groove and tongue system, the panels remain securely in place. Decorative moldings are then usually attached where the walls meet a tongue and groove floor.
Find Tasmanian Oak for Your Next Project at Carrolls Wholesale Timber
Available in a wide range of sizes for building, floors, stairs and nearly all furniture types, sustainable Tasmanian oak is guaranteed to exceed your expectations in both style, aesthetics, ease of workability and strength.
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