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Cypress

The sapwood is pale yellow white with the heartwood varying in colour from light to dark or reddish brown.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Southeastern United States

Scientific Name

Taxodium distichum

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.42

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.51

Janka Hardness

510

Colour/Appearance

Colour tends to be a light, yellowish brown. Sapwood is nearly white. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress.

Grain/Texture

Straight grain and medium texture to coarse texture. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a greasy feel.

Endgrain

Resin canals absent; earlywood to latewood transition abrupt, colour contrast medium; tracheid diameter large to very large.

Rot Resistance

Old-growth Cypress is rated as being durable to very durable in regards to decay resistance, while wood from younger trees is only rated as moderately durable.

Workability

Sharp cutters and light passes are recommended when working with Cypress to avoid tearout. Also, the wood has been reported by some sources to have a moderate dulling effect on cutting edges. Cypress has good gluing, nailing, finishing, and paint-holding properties.

Odor

Cypress has a distinct, somewhat sour odor while being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Cypress has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include respiratory irritation.

Pricing/Availability

Prices ought to be in the mid-range for domestic woods, with clear, knot-free boards for woodworking applications costing more than construction-grade lumber.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.
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