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Carpentry / Joinery Softwood Types

What is Redwood? What is Whitewood?


I’m going to keep this simple and distilled to the basics.


Redwood is what the Timber Merchants call pine. That still gives a choice of many species but if they are selling it as “redwood” it should have the properties most joiners or carpenters are expecting. It will vary however with species, continent, region and forest. It’not necessarily red in colour although it can be.


Whitewood is what the Timber Merchants call spruce. Spruce is faster growing and has a wider spaced ring structure (generally) than redwood. It’s lighter in colour.


I know, there are loads more types and information I could put in here. Let me know If you think it needs it.


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Timber / wood for DIY, Woodworking, Joinery, Carpentry

Examples of joinery jobs, softwood types and timber grades

Carpentry and joinery softwood types

Timber Grades, Unsorted ? Vth's ? Sawfalling?

Timber rough sawn ? PSE ? PAR?

Commonly available rough sawn and PSE / PAR timber sizes

How to choose a Timber Merchant / Supplier

Work out what timber you need for the job

Inspecting wood at the Timber Merchants

Preparing the timber for acclimatising

Planing timber / wood flat, square and true

How to plane up the good pieces of wood

How to plane "diamond" pieces

How to plane Winding or Twisted timber

How to plane bowing on a timber board

How to plane cupped or cupping timber