Handmade wooden furniture is beautiful & will bring life to any living areas.. Here at RTF we specialize in Hand making all our pieces of wooden furniture so to be sure that each piece has its own individual identity, It also allows us to grain & tone match the wooden panels so there is a natural flow & consistency, basically to have wooden furniture handmade, it allows natures artistic wonders to shine through.   What also makes a handmade wooden furniture piece so special and unique, apart from the obvious visual attraction, is the craftsmanship and knowledge applied to not only the design but also right down to the choice of wood.



However there are complications in returning a well-used pieces of reclaimed hardwood into the sort of wooden furniture produced at RTF . The recycled timber generally comes to the workshop bowed, cupped and twisted so before anything else the wood is machined and worked in variety of ways to achieve a flat square profile that is gun barrel straight.

Following this process gum veins, crevasses, knots, nail & bolt holes are filled using a two part clear apoxy resin or a wood filler depending on the nature of the situation; and then onto the sanding…

It’s a time consuming laborious process but thankfully the reward is well worth the effort.

The following types of timber species are the ones chosen to enhance the beauty of our designs and to best provide strength and function to the individual piece.

Check out our gallery page to see different species on a finished product.


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One of the most important Australian hardwoods, although slightly denser and harder, Messmate is often sold with Mountain Ash as Vic Ash or Tasmanian Oak.

The sapwood is pale brown, the heartwood light brown. It has an even texture, with straight grains sometimes interlocked, and well­ defined rings. Gum veins are common. The timber has moderate hardness and strength, and is easily worked, glued and stained; it is also suitable for steam bending. It is mostly used for pulp production and for construction and manufacturing, especially in house building, joinery, flooring & furniture.

Messmate grows very well in the cooler South Eastern climates thus making it a very common timber to the Melbourne region.


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Known variously by the common names Giant Ash, Vic Ash, Swamp Gum and Tassie Oak, Mountain Ash is a species native to Southeastern Australia.  Historically, it has been known to attain heights over 114M (374FT) making it one of the tallest tree species in the world and the tallest flowering plant. It is a medium weight timber and rather coarse (stringy) in texture. Gum veins are common. The wood is easy to work and the grain is straight with long, clear sections without knots. The wood works reasonably well for steam­ bending. Primary uses for sawn wood are furniture, flooring (where its very pale blonde colour is highly prized), paneling, veneer, plywood, window frames and general construction.



Grey Ironbark is well regarded by foresters for the high quality of timber. It is particularly hard, strong and durable. A very heavy timber, being 1120 kilograms per cubic meter, Heartwood is red ­brown or dark brown. The timber has various uses, including railway sleepers, heavy engineering, construction, poles and cross­arms. Timber is difficult to plane and nail. It is slow in drying, requiring careful handling to avoid surface checking. In more recent times recycled/reclaimed Grey Ironbark has been very popular for use in Flooring & Thick set furniture construction.. It is also available as a new timber but mainly for flooring, this is due to difficulty in drying thicker profiles. This timber is fairly rare making it one of the more expensive timbers on the market, its durability will last a lifetime


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A significant commercial species, Blackbutt is well regarded by foresters for the high quality of timber, easy regeneration and quick growth. Uses include making poles, railway sleepers, Flooring, building framework, cladding, joinery, lining boards, furniture, wood chopping and decking, Wood density is about 900 kg per cubic meter. The sapwood is resistant to attack by borers; the heartwood is yellowish brown to light brown. Coarse textured, fairly straight grained, common small gum veins. Blackbutt is hard, strong, tough but not particularly difficult to work. Slow drying of mid to good levels of durability. It is the timber is used in the flooring of Parliament house, Canberra. Blackbutt is less common in the southern states making it more expensive in price. But it is such a great timber that its seen a s worth paying that little bit extra.



Spotted gum is one of Australia’s premium native hardwoods with a striking appearance and a high degree of natural durability and strength, making it an ideal timber for a variety of structural, exterior and interior applications. Architects and designers throughout the world value spotted gum timbers for their back­sawn grain structure, attractive markings and vibrant colour palette. Spotted gum is the common name for four species that grow along the east coast of Australia, from northeast Victoria to the northern tablelands of Queensland, with some occurrence in western areas of southern Queensland. Sawn timber from these species is generally available throughout Australia. These species have straight, slender trunks with smooth bark that is shed in patches, giving the trees their characteristic spotted appearance.

The species referred to as spotted gum vary in appearance but not in durability class or other properties. The heartwood ranges from light brown through to dark red­brown hues. Sapwood is usually white to light brown in colour. The presence of a wavy grain can produce an attractive fiddle­back figure. The wood has a slightly greasy feel, a characteristic that aids machining and boring. Spotted Gum components that are 18mm thick or greater do not require fire retardant treatment for use in construction in bush­ fire prone areas.




Australian Wormy Chestnut is like no other exotic wood species in the world. It bears the distinctive characteristics of the vast temperate forests of southeast Australia—from native worm markings, color variations, fire streaking, and deep red gum veins, to evidence of wind, drought and flood in the mountainous Australian terrain. These striking ecological signs tell a story of the history of this tree and the place in the world it grew. Such rare attributes make it the most desirable wood on the market for the most sophisticated interiors.


The richness and personality of Australian Wormy Chestnut speaks for itself. It also speaks volumes about the discriminating taste of homeowners and designers who want ultimate style and originality. This exotic wood is perfect for flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and furniture. Whether your design space is commercial, residential, historic, new construction or renovation, Australian Wormy Chestnut is the best choice for warmth, durability and style.