In consulting the list of timbers on the following pages, bear in mind that many of them may not be generally available at any rate in solid form. The shortage of finely-figured woods has resulted in many of them being used for veneer cutting only. In any case, the cost of timbers that used to be commonplace in the cabinet workshop has risen so steeply as to often be prohibitive. It is largely for this reason that methods of construction have had to be revised to allow the use of manufactured boards in conjunction with veneering.
No attempt has been made to give an exhaustive list of woods as such a list would need a book to itself. Supplies of the various timbers fluctuate considerably, partly owing to the irregularities of imports, partly due to political considerations.
In addition to the country of origin we have also given color and characteristics, but here it should be remembered that the woods themselves may vary considerably, possibly owing to peculiarities of local soil or climatic conditions. The same applies to weights. In fact the latter are given chiefly for the purpose of comparison, and for this reason we have retained the weights per cubic foot rather than changed to metric weights. Thus, most people are familiar with oak, for example, and by comparing this with other timbers a good idea of relative weight can be obtained.
- Equal layer plywood.
- Stout-heart plywood.