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Western White Pine Pinus monticola

RELIABLE PINE FOR INTERIOR USE
Fasily confused with white pine (P. strobus), western white pine is versatile and moves very little once dry, which is a key quality for a softwood. It works well, especially because the growth rings are not pronounced and the texture is fine and even, but it is not durable. As a result it is a popular choice for interior joinery, as well as for plywood. It is even used for patternmaking because the texture is easy to carve but takes a good edge. You may notice thin, darker resin lines, but they do not present problems.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate softwood
Other names Idaho white pine
Related species Lodgepole or contorta pine (P. contorta)
Sources Western United States and Canada
Color Pale yellow; latewood is only slightly darker than plywood
Texture Fine and even
Grain Straight
Hardness Harder than white pine (P. strobus), but not good for bending
Weight Light (26 lb./cu. ft.) (420 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Widely available and not expensive. Certified supplies are obtainable.




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