Paulownia Timber - Craftwood and Construction

Paulownia Timber

Paulownia, a deciduous hardwood, is a light coloured, silky blonde timber which despite the fact that it is such a fast growing timber, the grain of the wood has a lot of special qualities which sets it apart from most other timbers. Its weight to strength ratio is excellent and although this may vary between species and site conditions it is true that all species produce an excellent lightweight wood.

Planks of 25mm can air dry in as little as 25 days to 10% moisture content at 20 degrees Celcius whereas air-drying of larger sizes will take some additional time. The timber is also ideally suited for kiln drying if required. Timber shrinkage is virtually non-existent and is in the region of 0.25 to 0.35% for Volume and Tangential shrinkage and 0.094% for Radial Shrinkage.

As Paulownia timber will air-dry to as little as 10% moisture content, it is ideally suited for the furniture and musical instrument industries. Items manufactured from Paulownia will not warp, crack or deform and are to a large extent rot and termite resistant.

Carpenters, Woodworkers and other artisans have lauded the specific qualities of the timber. It will not, crack, cup, twist, warp or chip when planing, sawing, carving, turning, shaping. It hinges excellently. Tenon and mortise joints are recommended for cabinet, kitchen and furniture making. Bonding of the timber with various wood glues is excellent and it has a high absorption rate for all paints, stains, dyes, oils, polishes and varnish. Sanding and finishing is a joy and brings great results. The low silica and resin content of the timber is exceptionally kind to the life of sanding belts and all other woodworking tools.

Paulownia possesses excellent acoustic qualities, thermal insulation traits and very low temperature conductivity. The timber, once dried, is not affected by humidity and has a high rating of durability and is ideally suited for internal and external wall cladding, as well as feature ceilings.

Uses for Paulownia

Some areas in which Paulownia Timber has been used:

  • Surfboards
  • Vertical Blinds
  • Fine Furniture
  • Caskets
  • Decorative Mouldings
  • Picture Frames
  • Stretcher Frames
  • Caravan Interiors
  • Boat Interiors
  • Canoes
  • Wall Cladding
  • Partitions
  • Ply-woods
  • Windows and Doors
  • Musical Instruments
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Shutters