This section of our website has been developed to profile some of the array of timbers and finishes that we utilise at Sawdust Bureau. This list is by no means exhaustive, but we have just picked out some of our favourites.
Being a proudly Australian-based studio we are committed to use only 100% sustainably grown, FSC certfied or reclaimed, Australian native timber species.
We consider the use of imported or tropical hardwoods to be an un-necessary luxury, especially given the quality and improved sustainability of utilising timber we have available in our own backyard. The illegal logging of old growth, tropical timbers is literally killing our planet and we don't want to be part of it.
Click here to learn about the finishes that we use to protect the timber.
With regards finishing and protecting our work we firmly believe natural is always best. In our opinion timber should look and feel like timber rather than being encased under a plastic, lacquered finish.
Danish oil is our prefered finish for pieces such as coffee tables and cabinets. We apply 4-6 hand-rubbed coats of traditional Danish Oil. These hard-drying finishes provide a tough, water-resistant coating to the timber. Once the oil has cured, the piece is hand burnished with steel wool to 'develop' the finish further.Depending on the desired sheen a furniture wax is added on top of the oil to form a silky satin layer or it can be buffed to a gloss finish whilst still retaining the natural character of the timber.
Osmo® Poly X Hardwax Oil
Osmo ® Hardwax finishes are based on natural oils and waxes. The oil penetrates into the wood surface, protecting the wood from deep within, while the waxes form an elastic, micro porous surface which protects the wood from moisture and abrasion. The wood remains naturally beautiful, protected and durable. It is 100% foodsafe and therefore ideally suited for dining tables and kitchen benches.
Unlike polyurethene-based varnishes, Osmo ® Hardwax oil requires minimal effort to maintain. Instead of a full sand back and recoat (the way in which a varnish would require), you can 'spot repair' any damaged areas. This should allow your piece of furniture to last for generations.
Cutek® CD 50™ or Extreme™
All our outdoor timber furniture products are oiled with 3-4 coats of Cutek ® Extreme™.
Most timber coatings form a film on the surface to keep water out and produce a faux colour. Cutek oils however, penetrate into the wood and protect from within. They never peel or flake. Maintenance is a simple clean and recoat – no sanding or stripping needed. Wood that is left to silver after coating with Cutek oils can be easily restored to a beautiful natural look even after years of weathering.