Pine (Kauri) Softwood

Pine (Kauri)

Kauri Pine (Agathis spp.) is a highly sought-after timber species, renowned for its striking colour palette and glossy surface. The heartwood can range from a pale biscuit hue to a deep red-brown, and can be characterised by its straight grain, fine texture, and attractive streaked or mottled figure. As a versatile timber, Kauri Pine can be used for a variety of applications, such as cabinetmaking, joinery, and panelling. If available from sustainable and legal sources, you can use our system to be connected with suppliers of Kauri Pine.

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Also Called:
New Zealand Kauri, East Indian Kauri, Queensland Kauri, Fijian Kauri, Almaciga, Agathis, Bindang, Dakua Makadre, Damar Minyak, Tolong, Menghilan

Durability Notes:
KauriPaine is moderately durable and resistant to preservative treatment.

The drying and seasoning of Pine (Kauri) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Pine (Kauri) - dries well at a moderate rate, but it does have a tendency to warp. Kauri Pine is stable in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Kauri Pine has high stiffness with medium bending and crushing strength and medium resistance to shock loads. Kauri Pine works nicely with both hand and machine tools. Kauri Pine is easy to carve and planes, moulds, nails, turns and stains well. The wood screws, glues and varnishes adequately and can be taken to a high polish.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Flooring, Cabinetry, Decorative Veneers, Turning Projects, Musical Instruments, Carpentry and Joinery.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Kauri Pine Wood

Is Kauri Pine a hardwood or a softwood? Kauri Pine is a softwood. It is the same for; is Kauri Pine hardwood or softwood? - Kauri Pine is a softwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Pine family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Kauri Pine? Kauri Pine can be described as light brown, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown, orange

Is Kauri Pine good for outdoor use? or is Kauri Pine good for exterior use? Kauri Pine is most suited for internal/interior use. Kauri Pine should not be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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