The Fine Timber Co.
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Timber Selection

Coordinating two or more different timbers for your project is a very rewarding exercise.

Derek brings years of experience and sheer enthusiasm in helping his customers find the best timber for their project.

Derek can help you find the right board or slab for a particular look or impression you’re trying to recreate, matching an existing piece, or a feature in grain, pattern or shape.

Everything from a jewellery box, to a large piece of furniture, to a whole kitchen can be enhanced by using different coloured timbers. Inlays are also available for that fine piece.

Derek brings his expertise in picturing the finished product thereby helping you to find the best pieces of timber to gain the optimal outcome for your project. 

Smarter buying guide

When ordering timber you can save money by…

  1. Using boards narrower than 125mm

  2. Using less expensive species.

  3. Purchasing “packs" of matched timber boards. Not only will this be less expensive per board, but all the timber will be colour and feature matched.

  4. Use feature grade boards. These are 40% less expensive than normal grade.

Specify the exact size of the finished product required. DO NOT add waste. We will add that for you. For example; if you require boards for a table top that is 1.8m long don’t ask for 2.1m boards. We may not have any and will tell you that the next size up that is available are 3.3m long for example. So you may end up paying for 3.3m boards even though we may have had lots of 1.8’s.

When ordering, tell us the smallest sizes that you are going to cut the boards into. For example; if you need ten drawer fronts 600mm long and 180mm wide, don’t ask us for one board that is six metres long because we will most likely tell you that we don’t have it.

Don’t ask for boards wider than you require thinking the you will cut narrower boards out of it. You will be paying more per cubic metre for wider boards.

Send a drawing if you can. Hand drawn is fine. This allows us to pick up any problems with the design (in our opinion) and we may be able to have some input on how to alter to save you some money. It also allows us to work out the flow of grain so we can supply the correct size boards to get the best result. For example, if you decide you wish to build a coffee table with waterfall ends then we will supply you with a single piece of sufficient length to make the two legs and top so that the grain flows all the way up, across and down the piece. The same applies to drawer fronts.

Advise us if your project is not for the purpose of building furniture. In this case, you may be able to use air-dried timber or even green sawn (fresh cut) timber which will be less expensive than kiln dried timber.

Timber board dimensions

To minimise confusion, please use the correct terminology.

  • Length is the dimension of the board along/following the grain. Use the terms longer or shorter.

  • Width is the dimension across the grain. Use the terms wider or narrower.

  • Thickness is the smallest dimension between two faces of the board. Use the terms thicker or thinner.

It doesn’t matter how the furniture is orientated against a wall or in which direction the board is situated within a project, these terms don’t change.

milling & Cutting

We can mill your logs for you.


Our primary mill is a horizontal bandsaw capable of milling logs up to 900mm diameter and 6m long. This mill is computer controlled and has log rollers and other devices to allow us to position the log to get the exact cut that we want. Being a bandsaw, there is very little waste of the log. It also allows us to make wide cuts.

In addition we have a larger bandsaw capable o milling logs up to 1400mm diameter and 11m long. This mill is primarily used for slabbing larger logs.

We are familiar with most milling techniques including quarter sawing. We do not just “slab” logs unless that is what is required.

Milling is conducted at our premises on Charley Creek Road just out of Donnybrook.

Any metal objects hit whilst milling will incur a fee of between $220 and $880 depending on which mill is being used.

Note: There is a minimum charge of $220

Sanding & Machining

We can also sand and machine your timber to order.

We have a wide belt sander capable of sanding up to 1100mm wide.  In addition we can hand sand for that final super smooth finish.

We can machine or sand your timber regardless of whether it was purchased from us or not.

We can machine slabs up to 4.8m long and 1.8m wide.

We can resaw boards up to 300mm wide.  Contact with metal in the boat cost $220 per hit.

Normal size boards can be square dressed as required.  Our thicknesser and planer can machine up to 410mm wide.

 School Excursions

School visits are welcome to both the sawmill in Donnybrook and the yard at Naval Base. There is no cost involved, please contact us to arrange.