Ponderosa Pine lumber wood, Pinus ponderosa lumber for woodworking

Ponderosa Pine // Pinus ponderosa

As an abundant North American wood with a fine texture and closed grain, Popnderosa pine gets used for numerous utility projects. The material works easily, although pitch content is hard on blades and cutters.
color of Ponderosa Pine
Color Range
From light pale yellow to medium yellow, to deep orange
other names for Ponderosa Pine
Other Names
Ponderosa pine, Pine, Big pine, Bird's-eye pine, Knotty pine, Lodgepole pine, Oregon pine, Pitch pine, Pole pine, Prickly pine, Western yellow pine, Blackjack pine
uses for Ponderosa Pine
Some Typical Uses
Numerous uses for Ponderosa pine include boxes and crates, Building construction, Cabinetmaking, Carvings, Concrete formwork, Decks, Exterior trim & siding, Framing, Furniture , General carpentry, Interior trim, Millwork, Paneling, Turnery, Bedroom suites, Cabin construction, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Dining-room furniture, Dowels, Drawer sides, Fine furniture, Furniture parts, Joists, Light construction, Moldings, Office furniture, Packing cases, Rustic furniture, Structural work, Utility furniture
the Ponderosa Pine tree
What's the Tree Like?
The tree is reported to be rather large to very large. It grows to a height of 60 to 130 feet (18 to 39 m) and a diameter of 30 to 48 inches (80 to 120 cm).
Ponderosa Pine grows in North America
map of where Ponderosa Pine grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-30.17% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-64.34% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-31.25% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Somewhat Difficult 8/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 7/10
Red Oak