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Q: the tree species "River Red Gum" ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: the tree species "River Red Gum"
Category: Science > Agriculture and Farming
Asked by: chrisf-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 28 Oct 2002 23:33 PST
Expires: 27 Nov 2002 23:33 PST
Question ID: 91773
Is the tree species "River Red Gum" suitable for furniture production?
Subject: Re: the tree species "River Red Gum"
Answered By: araminty-ga on 28 Oct 2002 23:57 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi chrisf-ga,


The River Redgum (Eucalyptus camadulensis) is the most widespread
eucalypt (gum tree), found native in all Australian states except
Tasmania.  It is usually found on river banks, hence its common name.

According to one site:
"Important timber, firewood, shelter belt, and honey tree... The wood,
durable, easy to saw, yet resistant to termites, is widely used in
Australia for strong durable construction, interior finish, flooring,
cabinetry, furniture, fenceposts, cross-ties, sometimes pulpwood."

These sites have some pictures of highly finished and beautiful redgum

This site lists some of the timber's charateristics and qualities:

It is usually seasoned in stacks or kiln dried before use.

I hope this information has answered your question -- if you are in
any way dissatisfied, please request a clarification!

chrisf-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: the tree species "River Red Gum"
From: johnfrommelbourne-ga on 29 Oct 2002 05:59 PST
Are you in Australia as I am; I will presume so.

 My father with me as assistant have made furniture out of  Australian
timbers after years of the more frequently used pinus radiata and
other softwoods used by most furniture makers. Without doubt the
Aussie timbers are fantastic for furniture but very difficult to work
with being amongst the hardest and heaviest timbers in the world.
Redgum furniture comes out a natural and beautiful deep red colour and
is quite common in Australia. We have found however that one class
above that is Red Ironbark which is in the top 4 hardest and heaviest
timbers in the world although cant remember where I read this for
verification.  As a means to give you an idea I can  say with
certainty that red iron bark goes in excess of 1 ton per square metre.
If you know anything about timber you will understand just how heavy
that is relative to the worlds other timbers. Another beautiful Aussie
hardwood is bluegum often used for flooring. In a polished floor I
cant imagine anything more durable and beautiful both than a hardwood
floor from bluegum or red ironbark. In fact my next door neighbour in
my apartment block has a bluegum floor and the connecting hotel a red
ironbark floor.

 Any further info on above please post a note( i.e comment) at your
own question
 John From Melbourne

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