Redwood

Other names:

Scandinavian Pine, 'redwood' to differentiate it from 'whitewood'.

Distribution:

Sweden, Finland and Russia.

General Description:

Knots are common in Redwood, but their size and quality vary according to the part of the tree from which boards are converted.  The timber is kilned prior to shipping but the moisture content is often about 18%. The diameter of such pines normally results in board widths of 100mm - 225mm. Also, edge-glued panels are imported in large volumes for pine furniture manufacturers, with widths of around 45mm. The weight is an average of 510 kg/m3 (32  1b/ft3) and the specific gravity is .51.

Mechanical Properties:

This timber has a medium overall strength; it is not stiff and has a low shock resistance. It is very stable.

Seasoning:

Seasons very rapidly and well, but it does have a tendency to blue sap stain. It should be anti-stain dipped or kilned immediately after conversion. There is medium movement in service.

Working Properties:

This timber machines well with both hand and machine tools, it stains and paints to an excellent finish, also. The material doesn’t bend well, but it does dry fairly well; whilst only shrinking a little. It tends to glue and nail moderately well and it also varies in grades for different uses.

Durability:

The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment, and the sapwood is permeable, moderately resistant to decay.

Uses:

This timber is used in making furniture, moldings, Joinery works, kitchen cabinets, doors, paneling, construction works and flooring.