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I am making toys and functional ornaments from wood, and some of the internal components
require small slivers of wood that are able to flex a little for the mechanisms to work.
The plans for these projects are from the U.S., and they recommend ash or hickory for this purpose.
Are there any Australian timbers that would do the same job, and could be sourced from local merchants ( Bunnings, Home Hardware etc. ) ?

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American ash and hickory (or their Australian substitutes) are not likely to be found at Bunnings or Home Hardware, you will need to inquire through specialty timber suppliers. For example, Britton Timbers have American ash, see website here: https://brittontimbers.com.au/timbers. You may find other suppliers by writing ‘specialty timber suppliers’ or similar wording in your browser. For potential Australian timbers we consulted an old CSIRO reference in our library to find a recommendation for wooden sporting goods such as tennis racquets, which need strength and flexibility. CSIRO nominates silver ash from Queensland which is also stocked by Britton Timbers according to their website. However, it comes with the rather negative comment that ‘English and American ash is still mainly used [for tennis racquets] and there is no really satisfactory Australian substitute’. Perhaps your intended use is less demanding than a wooden tennis racquet frame and you could try more readily available timbers such as the ash eucalypts, mountain ash and alpine ash, aka ‘Victorian ash’.

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I'm looking for Australian suppliers of wood fibreboard insulation. This product is widely available overseas. Can you help?

Woodsolutions Answer +

Caneite might meet your requirements. It’s a low density fibreboard sometimes described as ‘softboard’ to distinguish it from denser fibreboards such as MDF and hardboard. You will find suppliers on the net if you search with the brand-name Caneite.

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I'm searching for Australian suppliers of wood fibreboard insulation. This product is widely available overseas.

Woodsolutions Answer +

Possibly Caneite would suit your requirements. It’s a low density fibreboard sometimes described as ‘softboard’ to distinguish it from denser fibreboards such as MDF and hardboard. You will find suppliers on the net if you search with the brand-name Caneite.

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