Lesson 5: Table of Softwoods
|Softwoods Chooser Chart
|Suitable for all types of inside work. Used for wood turning.
Can be used outside with suitable preservatives.
||Fairly cheap and readily available. Easy to work and finishes
||Cream to pale reddish brown.
||Staircases and furniture.
||The best quality internal softwood. attractive grain. Available
in long and wide boards. Works easily.
||Lacks toughness. Does tend to warp and can be expensive.
||Pale yellow with attractive streaks.
|Western Red Cedar
||Cladding for the outside of buildings.
||Resistant to insect attack because of natural preservative oils.
Weather and dry rot. Knot free. Very durable. Very easy to work.
||More expensive than red or whitewood. Not that strong.
||Dark reddish brown.
||Outside construction. Ladders and masts.
||Water resistant. Knot free. durable and easy to work.
||Attractive reddish brown.
||General outside work.
||Resistant to splitting. Easy to work.
||Small hard knots. Not durable.
||Plain creamy white.
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