Pine (Lodgepole) Softwood

Pine (Lodgepole)

Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) is a versatile timber with a distinct grain and texture. The sapwood is thin and near-white to yellow in colour, while the heartwood is light yellow to pale yellowish-brown, only slightly darker than the sapwood. Small knots are quite common, and the grain is typically straight but uneven. The growth rings are distinct, and flat sawn wood often has a dimpled effect. The texture of Lodgepole Pine is medium to fine and it is suitable for a variety of uses, such as furniture, flooring, and construction.

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Also Called:
Knotty Black Pine, Rocky Mountain Lodgepole Pine, Spruce Pine, Black Pine, Pin Tordu

Durability Notes:
Pine (Lodgepole) wood is non durable. It is perishable and should only be considered for internal use.

The drying and seasoning of Pine (Lodgepole) 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 (Lodgepole) - dries quite quickly and there is little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, with just minimal warping and checking. There is little movement in use. 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.

Lodgepole Pine has tolerable weight and density, medium bending strength and low compression strength. Lodgepole Pine works well by had and machine and planes to an excellent finish. It moulds, mortices, glues, drills, nails and screws very well. Turns and finishes well.

Typical Uses:
Construction lumber, Cabinetry, Furniture, Flooring, Interior & Exterior Trim, Decking, Siding.

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

Commonly asked questions about Lodgepole Pine Wood

Is Lodgepole Pine a hardwood or a softwood? Lodgepole Pine is a softwood. It is the same for; is Lodgepole Pine hardwood or softwood? - Lodgepole 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 Lodgepole Pine? Lodgepole Pine can be described as light brown, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown, orange

Is Lodgepole Pine good for outdoor use? or is Lodgepole Pine good for exterior use? Lodgepole Pine is most suited for interior/interior use. Lodgepole Pine can 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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