Timber Workability

The workability of timber is essential for any woodworker or craftsman, as it determines how easily the timber can be cut, moulded, and shaped into the desired form. Good workability is crucial for achieving the desired result, and so it is important to select a timber that is suitable for the job. Here, you can find information on the workability of different hardwoods and softwoods, and recommendations on which timber is best suited for your project.

It is important to note that the workability of timber can be subjective, depending on the intended use. For instance, a wood turner, machinist, or carpenter may have different opinions on the workability of a particular timber, as they work with it in different ways. Therefore, it is important to take the information provided here as a guide, rather than a definitive statement.

Please note, as the workability of the timbers shown can be subjective, based on the intended use for the timber, this filter is to be used only as a guide. Wood turners, machinists and other woodworkers may have completely different views to ours as they shape and work the timber in different ways.

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Very Workable

25 timbers

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48 timbers

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View Moderately Workable

Moderately Workable

48 timbers

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View Slightly Workable

Slightly Workable

43 timbers

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View Not Workable

Not Workable

10 timbers

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Timber workability database, sorted high to low

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