As long as people have been constructing buildings or even furniture, timber logs have been used as an efficient and sustainable resource to build long lasting and high quality projects. But why is it that timber has remained in use for so long? Well, it is not just that timber was, and still is, easily available, although this is still true; timber still remains the construction material of choice for many woodwork firms and is the favourite for consumers because it offers a high amount of design flexibility, such that it can be used for a broad variety of purposes, from the constructing the frames that support entire buildings to furniture joinery.
A clear reason why timber has remained in use for so long and is extremely beneficial to the consumer is that there are a huge variety of woods that can be used, from soft to hardwoods, meaning there is always a type of wood that suits the desired aesthetic or situation. And now that wood treatments, veneers and paints have come as far as they have, it is easier than ever to achieve the ideal look. Alternative solutions for construction, like metals and plastics, have to be specially fabricated and treated in factories before they can even make it to the worksite. And even then, specialist tools such as grinding and welding equipment are necessary to even render these prefabricated parts usable on the worksite. By contrast, timber and wood as a material can be worked upon using a wide variety of tools, to fit designs and be installed without the need for an onsite technician. Woodworking firms like us always invest in the latest technologies to make it possible for our craftsmen to spend more time finessing designs and less time struggling to work with obtuse materials unlike timber.
Another reason timber offers such flexibility is in the quality of the material. Timber is known to be a very strong and lightweight material. The weight-to-strength ratio given by the materials we use mean that our products are products remain both durable and transportable, and don’t break under pressure. Timber is also an ideal material for construction purposes thanks to its strength and durability. Timber that has been laminated into planks is often known as LVL, or laminated veneer lumber. This type of material is resistant to warping, twisting or shrinking over time or under adverse conditions. Because of these qualities, it is extremely predictable how the wood will respond to work, such that our engineers are able to design their products with the knowledge that the wood will hold firm. Since no part of timber is ever wasted, as small cutaway parts can be ground up to use in chipboards or other building materials, there is always a type of material that can be fabricated from timber to suit the job in question.
Ultimately, it is the flexibility in the quality of timber that allows for such a diverse range of applications, whether in the construction or joinery fields. For the consumer, this level of design flexibility means that you can receive your ideally designed timber product without concerns about its structural integrity. Furthermore, the fact that the wood does not have to be prefabricated in advance like other, less sustainable building materials makes it possible for our team to modify and improve upon designs, even within our shop. Timber is truly the material that offers a high level of flexibility in how woodworkers can approach and build with it.