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Unsorted Redwood (Best Quality) - Joinery Softwood
The widely distributed species varies according to its origin. Typically, the heartwood of this redwood is pale reddish-brown and clearly distinct from the paler, creamy-white to yellow sapwood. The clear contrast between the light early wood and the darker latewood results in well-defined annual rings. The wood is resinous and knotty, and its texture may be fine or coarse, depending on origin. This wood is often used for windows, doors and external joinery but the timber is not, naturally, durable so must be treated if being used for exterior work. The wood accepts treatment well due to its low density and open grain. Double vacuum pressure treatment is the most effective method. This wood is referred to as joinery grade softwood or unsorted redwood. There are other softwood and grades of this species used for joinery. Vths (fifths grade) is used for skirtings, cladding, panelling and more and this grade is often more knotty than the joinery grade described here. Whitewood (softer, lighter weight cousin) is often used for stairs and other internal joinery (where covered or painted).
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