Commonly known as Sydney Blue Gum, this beautiful red timber has a fantastic grain. It is also easy to work, dress and fix. It responds well to most finishes and takes a good polish, making it popular for decorative applications where moderate durability is required.
Turpentine is the main Australian species for marine pilings, as its high silica content makes it resistant to Teredinidae marine borers.
Other engineering applications for Turpentine include wharf and bridge construction (as both sawn and round timber), railway sleepers, and mining timbers. Construction applications include general house framing, flooring and decking, lining and cladding. Turpentine is an excellent timber for dance floors. It is also used in the construction of plywood, laminated beams and bench tops, and for joinery and parquetry. Other applications include boatbuilding (knees, gunwales, planking, decking) and the production of oyster stakes, wine casks, mallets, and bearings.
Turpentine is a very hard timber (rated 1 on a 6-class scale) in relation to indentation and its ability to be worked by hand. Due to the presence of silica in the wood, Turpentine can be abrasive to machine cutters. It readily accepts paint, stains and polish, and is amenable to the use of standard fastenings and fittings. Extractives make this timber relatively difficult to glue.