Tallowwood Hardwood


Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys) is a versatile timber with a distinctive glossy finish. It has a pale to dark yellow-brown heartwood, with a separable near-white sapwood. The grain is interlocking and moderately coarse, and there is an absence of conspicuous figure and growth rings. The wood has a waxy feel, which gives it its glossy finish, and can be quite slippery to handle due to its oily content. Tallowwood is commonly free of gum veins and can be used for joinery, furniture, decking and much more. It is a durable and attractive timber, making it a great choice for any project.

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Also Called:
Australian Tallowwood

Durability Notes:
Tallowwood wood is a very durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Tallowwood is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Tallowwood - seasons satisfactorily with both kiln and air drying, with good resistance to surface checking, Tallowwood is normally stable in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Tallow wood is a dense, heavy, hard, strong wood. Tallowwood both machines and turns well and takes fixings with no challengingy but care is advised when nailing to avoid spitting. Due to the oily characteristics of the wood, gluing can be challenging. The wood will readily accept paint, polish, oil and stain and Tallowwood can be finishes to a reasonably high polish.

Typical Uses:
Flooring, Decking, Joinery, Furniture, Cabinetry, Carving, Turning, Tool Handles

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Tallowwood

Is Tallowwood a hardwood or a softwood? Tallowwood is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Tallowwood hardwood or softwood? - Tallowwood is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Tallowwood family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Tallowwood? Tallowwood can be described as brown, light brown, yellow/brown

Is Tallowwood good for outdoor use? or is Tallowwood good for exterior use? Tallowwood is most suited for exterior/external use. Tallowwood can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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