Tallowwood Flooring Sydney
Tallowwood is a large hardwood growing along the coast and coastal ranges from the Hunter River in New South Wales to the Maryborough district of Queensland.
The heartwood is yellowish brown with a tinge of olive green, while the sapwood is usually distinctively paler. The texture is moderately coarse but even and the grain is often interlocked. Tallowwood is a beautiful species, ideal for projects where the interior aesthetic calls for warm tones.
A distinguishing characteristic of Tallowwood, very unusual for a eucalypt, is the complete absence of gum veins. Pin-hole borer marks are often present, as are the fibre separations known as water rings. Slow to dry, shrinkage is about four per cent radial, six per cent tangential.
Tallowwood is reasonably easy to work, considering its density. Tallowwood usually has good resistance to surface checking when exposed to the weather. The heartwood is very durable and highly impermeable to impregnation with preservatives. The sapwood is susceptible to lyctid borer attack.
In addition to flooring, Tallowwood is commonly used for heavy engineering structures, sleepers, bridges, wharfage, cladding and cooling towers. Tallowwood’s botanical name Eucalyptus microcorys and its Janka rating 8.6.
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