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Pinewood is a well-known and common type of softwood, that can be used for many different adaptations. The trees can reach heights up to 30 meters, maximum 40 meters. The straight, cylindrical root free trunk is around 20 meters long and has a diameter of around 0.6 – 0.9 meters, sometimes even up to 1.2 meters. The colour of the fresh core wood is light brown. After some time, the wood becomes darker and varies from yellowish brown to reddish brown, which is very different from the 5 – 100 mm wide sapwood that is white to light yellow of colour. Pinewood is resinous. Sometimes, the resin lines can be seen as really thin stripes. Freshly sawn or planed pinewood spreads a nice smell of resin or turpentine.


Pinewood, usage depends on the quality

You can find pinewood in the constructions, inner frames, windows, doors, inner and outer boardings and beam wood. In hydraulic engineering it is also commonly adapted as landing decks, post wood, sheet piles and purlins. For which adaptations pinewood is suited, mostly depends on the quality of the wood. European pinewood is, with both hands as well as machines, pretty easy to adapt. Especially the growth ring’s width, its size and the amount of knots have a big influence on its adaptability. For finishing the wood surface, pinewood suits very well. The wood can be adapted with nearly every tool, except some tools with which the film formation can be hindered, due to the present resin.


Properties Pinewood

 Name: Pine
Alternative names: Archangel, European Redwood, Föhre, Forle, Forche, Kiefer, Masttree, Pin Sylvestre, Red Deal, Red Pine, Scots Pine, Sosna, Yellow Deal
Appearance: Core wood yellow-brown to red-brown, sapwood white to light yellow softwood
Sustainability class: III/IV (Sapwood V)
Strength class:
Mass kg/m3: Fresh 600 – 800
Dried 320 – 530
Glue: Good, bad if pine contains lots of resin
Finishing: Good, the size and the amount of knots have influence on the adaptability
Combination with iron: Good
Origin: All over Europe
Extra: Many purposes for the wood.
Adaptations: Shoring poles, purlins and square posts

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Source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e revised edition