The timber light in colour, varying from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink.


  • Species Name: Tasmanian Oak

  • Botantical Name(s) : Trading name. Made up of multiple species including Mountain Ash, Alpine Ash, Messmate

  • Size and location information: Large hardwood of the mountain regions of Tasmania and Victoria.

  • Density: Green: 1000kg/m3, Dry: 700kg/m3

  • Janka Hardness Rating: Dry: 4.9

  • Shrinkage: Between 25% and 5% MC, radial movement is approximately 0.23% per 1% MC Change; tangential movement about 0.36% per 1% MC change

  • Durability: In ground: Class 4 Above ground: Class 3

  • Lyctids Susceptibility: Yes.

  • Termite Resistance (AS3660) : No.

  • Strength Group: Seasoned SD3 and SD4, unseasoned S3 and S4

  • Fire Hazard properties: Spread of flame: 8; Smoke Development: 3

  • Workability: Tasmanian Oak is a warm, dense and resilient hardwood. It works extremely well and produces an excellent finish. Finishing. Will readily accept paint, stain and polish.

  • Uses: All forms of construction, furniture; home fit out, particularly flooring. It has very good staining qualities to match with other timbers.

  • Availability: Native forests are being closed from logging. Will become scarce over time.

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