Properties

Ponderosa Pine takes most finishes beautifully, including paint, stain, lacquer and varnish. It is well suited for remanufacturing that requires clear, splinter-free wood, with a minimum of knots, resin and other unwanted characteristics.

Ponderosa Pine can be treated for above ground or in-ground contact, and it can be pressure treated for in-ground use without perforating the wood. The waterborne preservatives leave a clean, dry, odorless surface ready to be painted or stained.

Uses

Ponderosa Pine is prized for molding and doors, windows, frames and drawers where durability under movement is essential. It has the ability to withstand scuffs, shocks and jars without splitting, which makes it desirable for these and other applications such as sashes, jambs, shutters, screens, columns, staircases and fascia.

Pine paneling is often associated with Early American decor in kitchens, family rooms, dens and bedrooms. However, new finishing techniques and patterns make it appropriate for contemporary or traditional settings, as well.

Cabinetmakers and woodworkers appreciate the wood’s uniform cell structure, scarcity of resin pockets, and resistance to splitting. Finished parts fit together snugly without binding. The lumber is easy to work with either hand or machine tools and converts readily into fine molding and cabinetwork.

Honey-toned Ponderosa Pine is a natural accompaniment to the country look, while simply-styled bleached pine is appearing with increasing frequency in contemporary finishings.

Appearance

Ponderosa Pine has a small amount of reddish-brown heartwood and exceptionally wide sapwood that is honey-toned or straw-like in color. It has a straight, uniform grain, which machines to a clear, smooth surface. When freshly sawn or surfaced, its pleasant smell is reminiscent of the forests where it grows. Ponderosa Pine is often specified when appearance is of primary importance.

Sustainability

Ponderosa Pine is one of America’s most abundant tree species, covering approximately 27 million acres of land. Trees can be found from Canada to Mexico and from the Pacific Coast eastward to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Its growth range covers an area encompassing more than 35 percent of the total acreage of the U.S.

Ponderosa Pine forests are usually selectively harvested rather than clear cut. This method of logging removes only the mature trees and leaves the other trees to re-seed and mature.

Resources

Western Wood Products Association: Ponderosa Pine