A favourite Tasmanian hardwood, Blackwood is a timber that is easily worked and favoured by furniture makers and craftspeople alike.
Grown in the wetter areas in Tasmania the trees can reach heights up to 40 metres. Blackwood is definitely an “appearance” timber with a heartwood that is a rich golden brown. It has a medium and even texture, and its grain can either be straight or have a wavy fiddleback pattern, the latter being highly valued for furniture and veneers. With endearing qualities, it is easy to nail and glues particularly well. A smooth polished finished can be achieved making Blackwood ideal for furniture.
Density (kg/m3) unseasoned 640
Strength Group - unseasoned S4
Radial Shrinkage % 1.5
Lyctid Susceptible Sapwood, yes
Colour Light straw, aging to dull yellow
Grain Mainly straight, can be wavy in a fiddleback pattern
Nailing Good, pre-drilling recommended
Density (kg/m3) seasoned 870
Strength Group - seasoned SD4
Tangential Shrinkage % 4.0
Durable Recommended for internal use
Texture Even and medium
Screwing Pre-drilling recommended
Bending Fair to very good