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Can the use of raw unsealed timber in a children's play environment have any health or detrimental impacts to the children using the timber equipment. We have tables with fence paling as table tops, large fruit crates, timber climbing frames and random logs for imagination play in our outside play spaces that have not been sealed. Should we treat them with something or can we leave them natural?

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There is nothing harmful in unsealed timber as long as it has been dried, apart from the possibility of splinters from rough surfaces. Some timbers might cause a skin allergy when 'green', but the items you mention are unlikely to be from freshly cut logs. However, raw timber can become grubby with handling and will be more difficult to keep clean in the long term, so you might consider sealing items that will be handled regularly and/or be subject to food and drink spillage, such as table tops and possibly climbing frames.

Play equipment

Answered on 16-09-2020
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I am currently in the business of printing wedding invitations onto wood and currently use radiata pine for our products. I would like to move to a suitable hardwood to give our products a premium feel. Ideally, the timber that I am looking for should be very lightly coloured/ cream hardwood (colour similar to to pine/ poplar - tried Tasmanian oak and it was too dark), Dressed All Round and should have dimensions 185mm (Width) and 19mm (Thickness) roughly . The timber should be routable (raised panel roman ogee profile) and should not leave gouge marks on the end grain as it does with radiata pine.

What timber species can I use that is easy to find and can you direct me to suppliers who are willing to provide the product I am looking for? I want to purchase 1 meter first as a trial and willing to pick up. I operate in Mill Park VIC 3082.
 

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You could try Victorian ash if you can find a timber merchant who would let you select light coloured pieces. The colour is variable but sometimes quite pale. The imported species jelutong is pale coloured and easily workable, and we understand Britton Timbers have stocks, website here https://brittontimbers.com.au/timbers.

Pale coloured wood

Answered on 04-08-2020
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Can 70x35 Curved Laminations 900mm in length at a 350mm internal radius be supplied? These are for a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
 

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Steaming is the usual method of plastisizing wood so it can be bent to a curve. You will find companies that specialise in this field if you search with the key words 'steam bending australia' or similar. However, we feel it is unlikely that 35mm laminations could be bent to a radius of 350mm. A more likely method of achieving this outcome would be to laminate thinner sections together. Companies that produce curved plywood could presumably produce 35mm thick curved sections.

Curved timber

Answered on 29-07-2020
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