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Wood Flooring Species
The term “Tasmanian oak” does not actually refer to a single species of hardwood trees but rather to the wood from one of three related species, when it is sourced from the state of Tasmania in Australia:
• Eucalyptus regnans
• Eucalyptus obliqua
• Eucalyptus delegatensis
Other Names and Species:
Australian Oak (all three species)
Alpine Ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis)
Brown-top Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua)
Messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua)
Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans)
Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua)
Woollybutt (Eucalyptus delegatensis)
Victorian Ash (Eucalyptus regnans and Eucalyptus delegatensis when sourced from the Australian State of Victoria.)
The sapwood of Tasmanian oak is pale brown, while the heartwood is light brown to a faint pink in color. The species has a straight, sometimes wavy grain and is open and coarse in nature.
Tasmanian oak does not have a natural resistance to decay, and lacks any noticable odor. This hardwood requires some care to dry properly, as checking can occur.
Janka Hardness: 1350
Tasmanian oak is thirty-five percent harder than teak, just slightly softer than white oak (about one percent), seven percent softer than hard maple, thirty percent softer than jarrah, and about sixty-one percent as hard as santos mahogany’s ranking of 2200.
Tasmanian oak responds well to cutting tools, with only slight blunting occurring on cutting edges. Both nails and glue hold well with Tasmanian oak flooring. This species accepts stain well and works to a good polish.
Tasmanian oak’s uses include cabinetry, paneling, rough construction, sub-flooring, and tables.
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