- Genuine solid timber.
- Natural, smooth solid timber.
- Finish that is consistent on both sides.
- Comes in 'planks' (not 'sheets'). Refer to usable area sizes in the specs.
- Maximum usable area: 145mm x 595mm. Alder is smaller, only 95mm x 595mm.
- Maximum sheet size: Approx. 150mm x 600mm. Alder is smaller, only 100mm x 600mm.
- Price Range: $$ Medium.
- Thickness: 3.2mm (± 10%).
- Finish: Natural wood. Has a smooth, sanded finish on both sides.
These traits are typical of this material (and not something we consider a fault). Here we try to share with you everything we know about this material; we'd like to empower you with this information so that you may embrace it, and design within the scope of the manufacturer features.
Good to Know
Long Shapes May WarpLong shapes/designs (100mm+) may have a tendency to warp as a result of changes in humidity.
Costly in Comparison to Veneers and Only Available for Vector OrdersNot available when you shop our shapes. Only available when ordering as a vector file, and files will need to be arranged to fit on the sheet sizes appropriately.
Not Suitable for Paint FillPaint fill technique (as we describe using on acrylic) isn't suitable for this material (because the tape doesn't stick as firmly to the surface, causing paint to 'bleed' out and adhere onto other areas). Paint directly over the surface instead. As with trying any new technique, consider testing on a sample swatch.
- Can be easily painted or varnished after cutting. We've seen some amazing finished products made with sold wood, like plain laser cut circles painted with flowers.
- Consider how end products will be worn/used. Wood doesn't lend itself well to being wet/dried repeatedly, so products that are commonly removed (e.g. necklaces) can offer longevity for customers (when compared to something like earrings, which some people choose not to remove regularly once in).
- When trying to decide whether to choose wood over veneer, consider how much 'edge' is shown in your design. That is, solid wood will show a nice wood cross section on the sides, veneer will show an MDF core. So if your design has lots of intricate details and internal cut outs, you may opt to enhance those details by using solid wood.
- Cuts well and leaves a clean, smooth edge line that typically shows the wood cross section on the sides.
- Engraves well and can hold fine details (engraved areas are typically slightly darkened).
- Comes with a protective tape coating that will need to be peeled off.
- It is difficult to capture colour correctly; allow for slight variation from monitor to reality.
- This is kiln dry wood. Sustainably harvested, by the Wisconsin Amish. Sanded both sides, and ready to use (Alder is also varnished).