Hardwood Planed Timber

At Ridgeons we provide the following Hardwood Joinery Timber; red hardwoods and american white oak. Coming from slower grown broad leave trees, hardwood timber is naturally more durable and denser. American White Oak is used in high quality joinery; flooring, furniture and stairs for... Read More

At Ridgeons we provide the following Hardwood Joinery Timber; red hardwoods and american white oak. Coming from slower grown broad leave trees, hardwood timber is naturally more durable and denser. American White Oak is used in high quality joinery; flooring, furniture and stairs for example.

Hardwoods are classified into three types depending upon where they come from;

- Tropical hardwoods
- Temperate hardwoods
- European hardwoods

Hardwoods vary in finish dependent upon the species, however all hardwoods tend to have a rich attractive finish ideally suited for a stained or lacquered finish.

Hardwood Planed Timber Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Hardwood timber?
A. Hardwoods generally come from slower grown trees and therefore is denser than softwoods. Hardwoods also tend to have a more attractive look which are ideal when a lacquered finish is required.

Q. When would I use Hardwood?
A. Because hardwood generally last longer than softwoods they lend themselves to a large range of applications such as construction, joinery, flooring, high quality joinery and furniture.

Q. What Hardwoods do Ridgeons offer?
A. Ridgeons offer American White Oak and Red Grandis planed Hardwoods as well a vast selection of sawn hardwoods including Oak, Balau or Keruing. Why not have a chat with your local branch and discuss your hardwood needs.

Q. Should I choose Hardwood or Softwood?
A. Hardwoods are slow grown and therefore less common and more expensive than softwoods, however they are more visually pleasing, generally longer lasting and have much stronger properties – you get what you pay for!

Q. What’s the difference between the Nominal size and Finished size?
A. The Nominal size is the actual size that the timber is machined from, and the Finished Size will be the size of the timber after any machining. For example, PAR timber that has a 50x100mm Nominal size will end up with a finished size of 38x89mm once planed all round.

Q. What does PAR stand for?
A. Planed All Round – meaning that all edge and side surfaces have been planed.

Q. What does PSE Stand for?
A. Planed Square Edge – The timber has been put through a moulding machine to create true square corners. PSE is the ideal choice for internal joinery work.

Q. What are FSC & PEFC?
A. FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council and the PEFC is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Both FSC and PEFC are committed to achieving the certification of forests to credible, independently verified standards of responsible forest management. Find more information on FSC and PEFC here.

For any other questions please contact us at ridgeonsonline@ridgeons.co.uk