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idris

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I'm looking for a dense / heavy wood with a relatively light colour, and the sort of thing I'm likely to be able to source in thicknesses of around both 3/4" and 2".

Any recommendations?
 

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Depends what you are going to make - Maple, Sycamore come to mind?

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Depends how big pieces you need, but holly might fill the bill? Assuming box isn't in big enough sections.
 

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Unsteamed beech would be another option.

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The heaviest and densest native timber that's light in colour wot I can think of is hornbeam, and available from Wests at Petworth (I think) in goodly dimensions - Rob
 

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I was very suprprised to find Hornbeam commercially available Rob as it rarely achieves tree size, makes a good hedge, and the wood is as hard as hell!

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Digit":kjya4wdt said:
I was very suprprised to find Hornbeam commercially available Rob as it rarely achieves tree size, makes a good hedge, and the wood is as hard as hell!

Roy.
Agreed Roy, but although I've not been to West's, I have heard that's it's available in decent sized boards...about 50lbs/cu' if memory serves, which is a tad heavier :-" than oak - Rob
 

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The biggest piece needs to be about 16" x 16" x 2".
On reflection I should possibly have described the coulour I'm after (with or without staining) is a slightly orangey yellow. (Reaches for pantone chart ... :roll:)
 

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Hi

Orangey / yellow could be cherry - don't know if that would be dense enough though.

Regards Mick
 

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If you want orangey colour, Acacia/Pseudacacia (Robinia) is pretty dense. But like hornbeam, doesn't usually come with trunk diameters much over a foot. Could the piece be edge jointed?
 

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Osage Orange or Hedge Apple is very yellow/orange but may not be widely available. It is also very dense.

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Thanks for the advice. I shall see what the saw mill can come up with.
DickM - I'd rather not.
 
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