13 Aug 2021 by Market Timbers

Tips For Using Timber Benchtops On Your Next Project

Choosing a Species for your Timber Benchtop

The type of wood you choose for your timber benchtop will depend on the design you have for the room. When it comes down to it, there are 3 key differences between the various timber benchtop products:

Colour tone

Grain pattern


This means that you have a tonne of options when matching your timber benchtop to the style of the room.

You’ll also have the option of many Australian native species and some non-native species depending on your supplier.

Australian Native Timber Species

You wont need to look far to find timber that meets your needs, as Australia is home to a wide variety of beautiful solid timber species. Below is a guide for some of our native species:

Light Brown

• Victorian Ash

• Blackbutt

• Tasmanian Oak

• Tallowwood

• White mahogany

• Wormy Chestnut

Brown – Dark Brown

• Spotted Gum

• Ironbark

Light Brown

• Jarrah

• Red mahogany

• Turpentine

• Blue Gum

• Brushbox

Australian Native Timber Species

There’s also a wide variety of international timber species that are fit for benchtops. These include:

• European Oak

• American Oak

• European Beech Joinery (BauBuche)

Application of Timber Benchtops

In addition to the style you are aiming for, there are many different ways that timber benchtop products can be used in a home. This includes:

Pros and Cons of Timber Benchtops

Cost – Timber benchtops will be a lot cheaper than quartz and engineered stone alternatives. However, if this is out of your budget you will most likely be looking at a laminate benchtop.

Maintenance – In order to protect your timber benchtop in the long-term, you will need to ensure it has been coated after installation. Coating your benchtop will increase the durability whilst increasing heat and stain resistance. You will need to keep a close eye to this coating and be sure to recoat once it has worn down.

Marks – Being a softer benchtop material, solid timber is more vulnerable to scratches, chipping and staining. This can be prevented by ensuring you use chopping boards and heat mats when operating on the surface.

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