varies from light yellow/orange to reddish brown or yellowish brown;
sapwood is light tan to yellowish white.
Grain: Closed, with high figuring; patterns range
from clear to knotty.
Variations Within Species And Grades: Longleaf pine
(P. palustris), shortleaf pine (P. echinata), loblolly pine (P. taedo),
slash pine (P. elliottii). all have many of the same characteristics as
Douglas fir. Old growth lumber in these varieties has substantially
higher density and is more st
and shortleaf 690, 47% softer than Northern red oak; longleaf 870, 33%
softer than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change
coefficient .00265; 28% more stable than red oak).
Durability: Soft, fairly durable, although not as
resistant to scuffs, dents and abrasions as the hardwoods. Often used
for flooring, but may not be suitable for all applications due to its
Sanding: Resin in wood tends to clog abrasives;
frequent sandpaper changes are required.
Nailing: Good holding ability and resistance to
Finishing: A durable finish can help minimize wear.
Comments: Generally manufactured for flooring with no
end-match; sometimes flooring is "distressed" to create an antique look.
(relative to plainsawn select red
ommodity item, available as
unfinished strip and plank flooring in a variety of widths and
thicknesses through specialty wood flooring dealers and some