Jarrah is a strong and versatile appearance-grade Australian hardwood with interesting features, grain characteristics and colour hues. Because of its high durability, it is a popular timber for structural and outdoor projects because it will withstand Australia's weather conditions. The fine grain and occasional fiddleback make it a perfect furniture and design material.
Jarrah timber has a naturally high density (800 kg/m3) making it an extremely hard-wearing hardwood timber. It is a Class 2 durable timber suitable for external above ground applications. Jarrah's natural properties include a high resistance to weathering, rot, termites and even marine borers, making it ideal for a range of outdoors uses. Its density also makes it highly fire resistant in BAL19 timber and can be used as a BAL29 timber in specific decking applications.
Jarrah timber ranges in colour from light-pinks to deep reddish/browns, reflecting its Western Australian origin. It has a moderately coarse and even-textured grain, with an interlocked, wavy grain that reflects light to give a great lustre and depth to its appearance. This makes it an appealing architectural, decorative and design material. Feature grades (as opposed to Select grade) can exhibit prominent gum vein, some fiddle back features and gum pockets which are valued in furniture. Jarrah's decorative qualities make it sought after for use in furniture, wood turning and joinery. Select grade has limited availability.
Jarrah is relatively easy to work, yet its high density has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. Standard sharp tools pose no problem. It can be easily glued and exhibits good fastener retention.
Jarrah is ideal for a range of applications including joinery, furniture, decorative applications, mouldings, flooring, staircases, balustrades, lining, cladding, appearance posts and structural beams. As an external timber, it is used in windows and doors, fencing and decking, wharfs, bridges and railway sleepers.
What is the colour variation I can expect in Jarrah timber?
The colour may vary from light-red to dark-red, and there could be some pale-yellow sapwood streaks.