SOFTER PINE THAT IS EASY TO WORK
A versatile lumber, also known as yellow pine, white pine is neither strong nor durable, but is easy to use for joinery and interior trim. The tree, which is fairly large for a pine, is grown down the length of North America from Canada to Mexico. Tea brewed
from the leaves was once drunk at sea to ward off scurvy. Masts too were often fabricated
from white pine.
Type Temperate softwood
Other names Eastern, western and northern white pine, yellow pine (U.K.)
Related species Jack pine (P. banksiana), shore pine (P. contorta), Canadian red pine or Norway pine
Alternatives Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) Sources North America
Color Beige to pale red-brown, with some short, fine darker lines that look like resin ducts but are not
Texture Even texture, with no great contrast between earlywood and latewood
Weight Light (24 lb./cu. ft.) (380 kg/cu. m)
Strength Not strong and not recommended for bending Seasoning and stability Very stable once dry, and easy to season, being quick to dry and shrinking very little, but it must be stacked well or there is a risk of blue staining.
Range of board widths Good
Range of board thicknesses Good
Grown extensively, and under no threat.
AVAILABILITY AND COST
Widely available and economical.