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Many species are suitable for internal, decorative and joinery applications.

Internal, decorative and joinery applications include windows, doors, panelling, skirtings, architraves, bench tops, cabinet doors, staircase material and general joinery items.

External, decorative and joinery applications include finishing components such as post, eave and verandah brackets, handrails and friezes, verandah posts.

Care must be taken to select the right timber or material depending on application and desired finish.

Components made from medium density fibreboard or plywood are not recommended for exposed situations unless they can be adequately protected from the ingress of moisture AND that protection can be readily maintained.

Exotic species like Teak, European Beech or Rosewood would be perfect for furniture and cabinet making or even staircases however, cost and availability may make their use prohibitive.

Commercially available species groups such as Tasmanian Oak Victorian Ash and Pacific Maple (imported Shorea species) and species such as Western Red Cedar, Radiata Pine, Hoop Pine, Australian Cypress, Blackbutt ,Spotted Gum and Jarrah are certainly more readily available and can be matched with other timber products like flooring and doors.

The selection of profiles in skirtings, architraves, balustrades etc and the various species available give the consumer a wide range of choice spread through a very large number of specialist manufacturer suppliers to the normal commercial building supply timber yards.

Specialist manufacturers and producers have a large range of technical and selection information literature available and this can be sought through the individual producer, your local timber merchant or TDA.

Assessment of Solid Timber, Plywood, & Timber Veneers to Spec. C1.10a
(PDF, 0.3 MB)
Warrington Fire Research (RIR 45892.1)
This report is an assessment of the Fire Hazard Performance of solid timber, plywood and timber veneers on MDF and Particleboard substrates for use as wall and ceiling linings in accordance with the requirements of specification C1.10a of the Building Code of Australia.
Assessment of Timber Floor, Wall & Ceiling Linings to Spec. C1.10a
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
Warrington Fire Research (SFR 41117.2)
Timber in Buildings - Internal Fit-Out
(PDF, 0.1 MB)
Australian Timber Importers Federation
Timber Information Bulletin 2 - Handrails and Balustrades
(PDF, 0.8 MB)
Australian Timber Importers Federation
Timber Joint Design 2
(PDF, 1.2 MB)
Forest & Wood Products Australia
Timber Joint Design 3
(PDF, 1.4 MB)
Forest & Wood Products Australia
Decorative Wood Veneers Association
Information about matching techniques, specifications and availability of veneer in Australasia (adapted from the Veneer Product Information Manual). The website also lists veneer suppliers across Australia.