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Parana pine Araucaria angustifolia
Parana pine is one of the most attractive of woods for home improvers who want to take their first steps in woodwork. Very dense for a softwood, it is easy to use and has more depth of color than the Pinaceae pines.


Type Tropical softwood
Other names Brazilian pine Alternatives Peroba rosa (Aspidosperma polyneuron), yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
Sources Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
Color Largely honey colored, but with streaks of dark brown and even red, though the latter fade with time.
Texture Even and smooth; takes a precise edge
Grain Very close-grained, with no obvious growth rings, making it consistent and easy to use
Hardness Hard for a softwood, but will bruise
Weight Varies greatly, but generally medium (30-40 lb./cu. ft.) (480-640 kg/cu. m)
Strength Only moderate bending and crushing strength, and not very resistant to shock. Tends to be used in thicker sections for shelves.
Seasoning and stability Difficult to season, and can split badly in the darker areas, so check boards carefully before buying. Watch out also for bent boards.
Wastage Can be some sapwood, but wastage is relatively low unless the board is split.
Range of board widths Reasonable, but beware of - cupping on wider boards.
Range of board thicknesses Moderate
Durability Poor durability outside, and vulnerable to some insects. Can be reasonably well protected with preservative.

Parana pine is one of very few tropical softwoods. It is listed as a risk of illegal logging.

Widely available through contractor's suppliers as the top end of the softwood market. It is usually supplied planed with straight edges rather than sawn, so the cost is high for a softwood, but medium compared to a hardwood.

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