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Australian Red Gum Large Timber Slabs for sale Brisbane

Really Good Timber Slabs Aren’t Cheap & Nor Should They Be.

Let’s take a look why timber slabs aren’t cheap and nor should they be.

Otherwise everyone would be using timber slabs and timber would all be used up in a single generation.

Quality always wins.

Really Good Australian Red Gum Timber Slabs Aren't Cheap & Nor Should They BeGood timber is getting harder to get.. especially if it is large size forest Red Gum.

Even though it sounds simple, coming up with quality products that you will be proud to have as a show piece in your home or backyard BBQ and fire pit area takes time and patience.

For example, the guys who dealt with my timber slabs started work in a sawmill when they left school way back in the 1970’s.

They still do it the old school way old trucks and chainsaws and old sawmills.

Old style beautiful high quality Australian Red Gum timber slabs are the result.

This was back when men were men! You didn’t talk trash to these guys.

They were tough as nails and worked all day to support their family. Blood, sweat, and determination.

Many had come from a lineage of timber families who around the turn of the 20th Century had moved around in the Australian bush as work demanded.

Often building their simple houses as cheaply and as quickly as possible, and as close to water as well – pun intended.

They perfected the timber slab hut, of split timber slabs with a galvanized roof.

Like some of the the old neck ties in my wardrobe these timber slab dwellings are coming back into vogue with demand for tiny houses and weekend hideaways increasing.

One recent inquiry we received for timber slabs for sale in Brisbane said:

“hi those slabs look great I was just wondering how you guys dry your slabs and weather splitting or cracking is just inevitable or can you prevent it and if so whats the best way to go about it?“

We love this type of feedback and questions.

There really is no magic or mystery to it.

Once the tree was chopped down and cut into large timber slabs the timber slabs then had to be dried out in the air to lower its moisture content (MC) to around 14% which means that the timber slab will not shrink and split and thus ruin the overall look and quality of the timber slabs.

The rule of thumb was, and still is, about 1 inch per year to dry properly.

Of course to keep the timber slabs nice and straight while drying the timber needs to be stacked on flat ground with equal size timber spacers evenly placed along the full length to ensure it dries straight.

In fact timber slabs will dry to the exact shape that they are laid down in.

Over my 50 years love of timber I haven’t ever seen much demand for crooked lengths of timber!

Deliberate and beautiful curved natural edge timber yes, but crocked timber – no.

The timber once stacked needs to be tied down tightly with rope and straps and then covered from the elements and left in peace to dry naturally.

In my case the red gum timber slabs have been air dried for 12 years.

Now there are many innovations in drying timber slabs and kiln drying is becoming more and more accepted and demand is increasing because of reduced drying times.

These driers are fast and efficient and with the world’s insatiable appetite for timber increasing no doubt there will be more attention on such innovations in the future.

The large timber slabs we have are at 14% MC and ideal for timber slab furniture, timber slab table tops, wine bars or even a live edge timber slab board table.

Large Timber slabs, especially Australia bush red gum are getting hard to find.

If you are after large or natural timber slabs that are ideal fro your slab furniture project in the Brisbane area, then come and see us today!

Let’s celebrate Australian timber, keep the industry safe and sustainable species and everyone benefits.

Onward s and upwards, the world will be an even more beautiful place!

For further information regarding the purchase of Australian Red Gum Large Timber Slabs for sale in Brisbane contact David at AAA Timber on 07 3376 8188

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Hardwood or Natural Edge Timber Slabs Are Gaining Popularity In Brisbane | AAA Timber & Hardware

Natural Edge Timber Slabs Are Gaining Popularity


Raw edge timber slabs or as some call them Natural edge timber slabs in Brisbane, especially Red Gum, hardwood timber slabs are now very popular for remodeling, outdoor furniture or for new homes.

Natural Edge Timber Slabs In BrisbaneAnd the same natural edge timber slabs are also very popular around outdoor fire pits and BBQ areas.

Funny how we have come around in a full circle and are now back to natural edge timber slabs for many of our building needs.

When I first started in the building and construction industry back in the 1970’s I recall the building trend then was to replace the old post war wooden silky oak benches with bright and multi coloured sheets of Formica.

The old natural edge timber slabs used for Kitchen benches and tabletops and even bar tops were ripped out and then generally replaced with bench-tops made of chipboard and the edges were then laminated and carefully planned for a very precise finish with glued strips on the edges.

Some even had aluminum edges.

Bathroom and shower walls were also lined with sheets of Formica wall board as well and joined vertically with anodized aluminum joiner.

The sheets came in all ranges of colour and patterns!

Then in the 1980’s and 90’s Formica gradually gave way to stainless steel bench tops. With a very stark but clean look.

Stainless has always been expensive and often scratched easily.
And unlike timber slabs that can easily be sanded and re-stained or oiled, these scratches stayed there permanently.

Ceramic tiles, became popular in the 80’s and 90’s. And more expensive marble tops and concrete bench tops really took off in the first decade of this century.

Engineered stone bench tops are fashionable but lately there has been quite a risk factor develop with workers health according to Queensland Workplace Health and Safety:

“This alert is to highlight the significant health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in engineered stone bench top manufacturing, finishing and installation industries.

Workers may be exposed to crystalline silica while cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing stone bench tops and during the installation process.”

Generally, exposure to RCS occurs during manufacture of the stone bench top rather than during installation due to less cuts and fabrication taking place.

Now the trend has come a full circle and natural edge Timber Slabs have exploded back into fashion.

Natural Edge Timber Slabs Are Gaining Popularity In BrisbaneThis time around the emphasis is on a more natural look with live edges timber slabs featuring strongly.

A live edge just means the natural bark and sap of the tree has been wired brushed and cleaned off the timber slab to leave the natural ragged edge as opposed to a machine cut straight edge. Others refer to them as raw edge timber slabs or natural edge timber slabs.

Bathrooms are still mainly done in ceramic tiles that imitate natural wood and the bathroom and laundry bench tops are more than ever being made from red gum timber slabs or similar.

Spotted or Blue gum or Blackbutt make great timber slabs but red gum is hard to beat for an overall look…

Often a square of miniature ceramic tiles can be set into the bench top for hot items to be placed on and thus save the surface from a burn mark.

Timber slabs once finished in stain of your choice or oiled still need a protective spot to place hot things on but can be as simple as sitting an unobtrusive piece of timber or steel square by the stove elements.

Danish Oil is one fabulous way to finish the timber slab with the first coat really soaking up the oil it is best to then give a light sand with maybe 400 grit and add 3 more coats of oil.

I have asked a number of well-known property agents what is the most appealing bench top or outdoor table for resale purposes and all have replied without hesitation, saying natural edge timber slabs win every-time!

Plenty of variety of timber slabs ready for your final touch. Call David on 07 33768188 Now!

We currently have 3 beautifully matched timber slabs from the same tree that have been air-dried for 12 years.

Two are over 2.7 m long and 1200 mm wide and the other is a whopping 6m long by 1.2m wide. Perfect for outdoor timber slab table or boardroom table or even a wine bar!

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