Pine, popular choice for affordability and workability

Showcasing the ever popular and magnificent unsorted grade Scandinavian Redwood Pine.


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Pine is one of the most common timbers and has become a household name due to a number of factors. Pine is rarely considered a luxurious option but boasts wonderful versatility, workability and durability. It is relatively low in cost but can deliver on so many practical levels for a plethora of wood projects.


Redwood Pine grows abundantly in vast forests mainly in Finland and Sweden. Scandinavian Redwood is a popular choice for the construction industry because it’s a fast grown species where a constant supply of replenished stocks can keep up with the demand.


According to the ‘Swedish forest industries’ website


The forest grows by an average of 120 million cubic metres per year. About 90 million cubic metres of forest is harvested every year. Out of Sweden's total forest acreage, roughly one percent per year is harvested, and for each tree that is felled, 2-3 new trees are planted.




Its no wonder that Scandinavian Redwood Pine is largely supported by the FSC and has earned its reputation for being one of the most sustainable timber resources in the world.


Builders merchants and timber yards stock huge volumes of whitewood Pine or spruce for interior projects. This Pine tends to be basic fast grown variety often referred to as CLS. CLS stands for Canadian Lumber Standard which was used for building strong timber framed houses. In the UK this would be used more as a framing timber to build internal stud walls or partitions.


The key criteria for basic Pine framing would be soft enough to fire long screws through with an impact driver without having to drill pilot holes and easy to cut with a handsaw. Having lots of knots and not being particularly straight doesn’t tend to be a disadvantage as the timber is invariably cladded or covered in plasterboard. Also with the Pine not being as dense as a hardwood, it allows you to pull the frames straight when you screw them together.


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For interior joinery however, higher quality Redwood Pine has a much better decorative finish where the aesthetic benefits are as important as its structural qualities. Unsorted grade is where the lower quality timber is removed from the pack leaving the higher quality boards. What does high quality mean in timber characteristics? This would mean slower grown where the growth rings are closer together and make for a higher density. It would mean fewer knots with no drop knots (holes), fewer splits and shakes and it would be straighter. This criteria combined makes unsorted Redwood a fantastic timber when its planed and makes it almost a different type of species.


So in summary a timber that is very environmentally friendly, affordable, easy to work with, beautifully decorative and yet very strong, you can see why unsorted grade Redwood Pine is the joiners no.1 choice.


Why not order a sample or a small piece of Scandinavian Redwood Pine from Timbersource so you can experiment with this fantastic building material today.