Pine - Parana Pine Softwood

Pine - Parana Pine

Parana Pine, also known by its botanical name Araucaria angustifolia, is a versatile timber species with a range of uses. Its heartwood colour ranges from beige to pale brown, often streaked with dark pink, red or rusty red, which can be very attractive. The grain is typically straight and the wood has a uniform close texture with a slight gloss. Growth rings are commonly barely visible and small, tight knots may occasionally be present, but these do not affect the strength of the wood. Despite its name, Parana Pine is not a true pine.

Parana Pine can be used for joinery, cabinetmaking, staircases and much more. If available from sustainable and legal sources, it is an ideal timber for a variety of projects. Its attractive colour and texture make it a great choice for furniture, flooring and other decorative pieces.

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Also Called:
Brazilian Pine, Pinheiro Do Brazil, Pin, Pino Parana

Durability Notes:
Parana Pine is is non durable. Often used for staircase strings and other internal joinery.

The drying and seasoning of Pine - Parana Pine 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 - Parana Pine - It is a challenging wood to dry; the darker-coloured wood tends to distort, split and dry slowly. The wood is rated as moderate for movement in service, but it can distort with changes in moisture content. 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.

Parana pine has medium crushing and bending strength, very low resistance to shock loads, low stiffness and a poor steam-bending rating. It works well with both hand and machine tools, with a slight to tolerable blunting effect on cutting edges. Planes, sands and finishes really well.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinets, Flooring, Interior Trim, Staircases, Decking, Fencing, Exterior Siding.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 12-18% for KD

Commonly asked questions about Parana Pine Wood

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

Is Parana Pine good for outdoor use? or is Parana Pine good for exterior use? Parana Pine is most suited for internal/interior use. Parana 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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