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Red Baltic Pine

Red Baltic Pine 

Pinus sylvestris

Description

A medium sized softwood found throughout Europe. It has a yellow brown heartwood and a creamy white sapwood. Tight dark knots are common in this fine grained timber.

Workability

Works well by hand or machine. The knots can cause some problems when hand planing. Even so, far superior to Radiata as a cabinet timber.

Applications

General cabinetry, panelling etc. Used as a floor in Europe but in Australia the flooring is generally White Baltic.

Availability

Usually only 150mm wide due to cupping of the boards. We have had up to 75mm thick but usually keep only 25 and 38mm thick.

Hardness

Janka 2.6 480kg/m3.   Quite soft.

Durability

Not durable.

At a Glance
Turning:   Good
Machining:   Good
Bending:   Poor
Sanding:   Good
Nailing/Screwing:   Average
Glueing:   Good
Timber Coating:   Accepts most coatings
Oil:   Oils well
Note 1   A good alternative to Radiata.  Well priced too.
Note 2   The Europeans just call it Red Baltic.

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