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Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata )


A hardwood timber from the Western Australian Mahogany tree, Eucalyptus marginata. Jarrah wood is a dark reddish-brown with a coarse but uniform grain. The hard, dense wood is resistant to Fungus and termites but is susceptible to pinhole borer attack. Jarrah is an attractive wood that is usually left unstained polished to a high gloss. It is used for flooring, cabinets, paneling, and furniture.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Eucalyptus marginata; jarrah (Fr.);jarra (Port.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Heartwood is light red to brown and darkens with exposure to light; thin sapwood is pale yellow to pink
  • Grain is interlocked or wavy with a medium to coarse texture.
  • Considered very durable to decay and resistant to insects
  • Density = 45-60 ppcf

Working Properties

  • Can be difficult to machine because of its high density and interlocked grain
  • Can blunt cutting edges.
  • Turns, glues, and finishes well.

Resources and Citations

  • The Wood Database: Jarrah
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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