European Fresh Sawn / Air Dried Oak Timber Beams
Timbersource are a leading online European Fresh Sawn / Air Dried Oak Beams timber merchant in the UK.
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Fresh Sawn / Air Dried Oak Timber Beams
Our fresh sawn / air dried oak timber beam stock can either be ordered fresh sawn or you can take advantage of the landed stock that has been air drying at our mill in France and in our yard. All our oak timber beams are graded in France to QPA/1 and better.
As our beams are stored in both undercover warehouses and outside in our yard the colour of the beams may darken down depending on how long they have been there. This effect is natural and quite common. Planing, sanding or blasting the timber will clean them up if required. We stock a number of standard thicknesses in a variety of lengths, mainly square sections, 150mm, 200mm, 250mm, 300mm, 350mm, and even 400mm beams, ranging from 3mtrs to 7mtrs in length.
Please be aware that naturally air-drying oak will contain splits on all surfaces.
Can be used for Heavy Structural Use, Cladding, Joinery - Exterior, Joinery - Interior, Furniture, Flooring, Sleepers, Decking, Construction, Doors and Timber Bridges.
Latin name Quercus robur, Quercus petraea, Quercus sessiliflora, Quercus pedunculata.
Also known as European oak, English oak, French oak, Slovanian oak, Polish oak.
Both species reach a height of 18m to 30m or a little more depending upon growth conditions which also affect the length of the bole. When drawn up in forests at the expense of their branches, this may be 1 5m or so in length, but in open situations, the tree branches much lower down. Diameters are about 1.2m to 2m.
There is no essential difference in the appearance of the wood of either species. The sapwood is 25mm to 50mm wide and lighter in colour than the heartwood which is yellowish-brown. Quarter-sawn surfaces show a distinct silver-grain figure due to the broad rays. The annual rings are clearly marked by alternating zones of early-wood consisting of large pores, and dense late-wood. Conditions of growth accordingly govern the character of the wood to a great extent; for example, in slowly grown wood the proportion of dense late-wood is reduced in each annual growth-ring, thus tending to make the wood soft and light in weight. The growth conditions in the various countries which export oak, vary considerably.
The weight of oak varies according to type; that from the Baltic area, western Europe, and Great Britain being about 720 kg/m³ and that from Central Europe about 672 kg/m³ on average after drying.
Strength and Durability
Both the sessile and pedunculate oaks have well known and high strength properties, and those hybrid oaks developed from both types and common throughout Europe, are similar in their strength properties.
Fresh Sawn / Air Dried Oak Timber Beams are durable which a medium moisture movement.
European Oak has medium to difficult working qualities. The working and machining properties of oak vary with the mild to tough material which either machines easily or with moderate difficulty.
In general, oak finishes well from the planer or moulding machine although in some cases a reduction of cutting angle to 20° is preferable. The wood can be stained, polished, waxed, and glued satisfactorily, takes nails and screws well, except near edges, when the wood should be pre-bored, and takes liming and fuming treatments well.
European Oak has high strength properties. Medium bending and crushing strength. Low stiffness and shock resistance.
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