Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of Tulipwood

Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of Tulipwood

Published on Friday, September 29, 2017

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With fantastic versatile working properties, tulipwood is a timber enthusiast’s dream when it comes to creating light construction pieces such as furniture or bespoke carvings.

What can tulipwood be used for?

Tulipwood is most commonly used for light construction, such as:

  • Furniture
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Doors
  • Musical instruments
  • Exterior trim and siding
  • Panelling
  • Mouldings and millwork
  • Edge-glued panels
  • Turnings
  • Carvings

What does tulipwood look like?

Tulipwood is straight grained and has an almost white sapwood yet features a yellowish
-brown or pale olive brown heartwood.

Tulipwood’s working properties

Tulipwood is a versatile wood that is easy to machine, plane, turn, glue and bore. It dries
easily with minimal movement in performance and has little tendency to split when nailed. It
takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally well.


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Tulipwood timber profile:

  • Strength: Excellent
  • Weight: 450-510kg/m3
  • Originates from: Eastern United States
  • Average tree height: 30m and 1.8m to 2.5m in diameter
  • Availability: Very widely available
  • Fun fact: In some cases the tree can grow up to an astonishing 50m

You can find a range of stunning tulipwood at our Joinery & Woodworking Centre in Melmerby. Our timber experts are also on hand to offer even further advice.