Rough Sawn Timber

What We Offer: Rough Sawn Timber

With over 12,000m2 of warehousing in South Africa, most of our stock is sold in rough-sawn, kiln-dried, square-edged plank form.

Typical thicknesses we offer are 26mm, 38mm, 50mm and 76mm, and in a number of species we are able to offer thicker sections of 100mm, or even 200-300mm for some beams. Most stock comes in random widths, but a key part of our offering is that we will select for specific widths and lengths to reduce your wastage.

We do also have a large variety of live-edge / waney-edged boards which are more suitable for rustic projects.

With an ever changing stockholding, we have a regular list of clearance items for anyone looking for a bargain.

Much of our rough sawn timber is supplied into the following key trades:

  • Wooden joinery
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Shopfitting and high-end residential interiors

Joinery Timbers

“Joinery” is the somewhat loose term we use to describe things like doors, windows and shutters.  We know aluminium is popular choice thee days, but we still think nothing compares with the warmth, beauty and sophistication of solid wood.  

With over 100 species of timber in stock, we have many options for joinery. Meranti remains the most commonly used joinery species in South Africa, and Iroko is popular for high-end joinery, but we have seen many others over the years.  If you are looking for something different, our sales team can guide you through a number of alternatives, including African Padauk, Afrormosia or – the ultimate – Burmese Teak.

Have a look at some stunning solid wood joinery below:

Our main joinery species include, but aren’t limited to:

AFRORMOSIA
MERANTI
BURMESE TEAK
OAK
IROKO
OREGON PINE
MELUNAK
PADAUK
MERBAU
SAPELE

Furniture timbers

For furniture, the sky is the limit. In addition to all the popular options, we have some really special and unique species that in the hands of an experienced craftsman will become beautiful pieces of art. There is plenty of inspiration available in our showrooms, where we showcase a range of timbers across dozens of intriguing furniture pieces.

Below we list small selection of more popular and/or more unusual but recommended choices:

Popular choices:
  • American White Oak
  • French Oak
  • Ash – American & European
  • Walnut
  • European Beech
  • Kiaat
  • Blackwood
  • African Mahogany
  • Hard Maple
  • Iroko
Some more unusual recommendations:
  • Black Ofram
  • Boire
  • African Rosewood or Bubinga
  • Black Ironwood
  • American Cherry – fallen out of favour but due for a resurgence!
  • Padauk
  • Flame Birch
  • Birdseye Maple
  • Wenge
  • Zebrano

SHOPFITTING & INTERIORS

This is another key market for us – utilising our huge range of timbers for decorative panels, custom cabinetry, display shelves and all manner of internal features. With our diverse stockholding we are able to offer unusual options that make the sort of attention-grabbing statements which are so powerful in the Instragram age.

End clients include all the major retailers, leisure and hospitality industries (restaurants, hotels & guest houses, wine farms), commercial office interiors and high-end residential construction and refurbishment.

The most successful projects see us involved early in the specification process – enabling us to advise consultants,  contractors and their clients, to help them achieve the optimum mix of performance, aesthetics and price.

THERMALLY-MODIFIED TIMBERS

In recent years there has been a lot of growth in the use of thermal treatments to improve the durability of timber, by affecting the underlying cell structure. While still in its relative infancy in South Africa, we are pleased to offer a range of thermally treated timbers, which have a unique visual appeal as well as performance advantages. 

These products are well suited for external applications as the thermal modification process makes them less susceptible to the effects of weather (primarily moisture).

Our current range includes:

  • Thermo-treated Oak
  • Thermo-treated Poplar
  • Thermo-treated Ash
  • Thermo-treated European Pine