Khasi Pine

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Khasi Pine (P. sylvestris pictured)

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Common Name(s): Khasi Pine, Benguet Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus kesiya (syn. P. insularis)

Distribution: India and southeast Asia; also grown on plantations in Africa and South America

Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-4 ft (1-1.2 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 38 lbs/ft3 (610 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .45, .61

Janka Hardness: 670 lbf (3,000 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 12,610 lbf/in2 (87.0 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,776,000 lbf/in2 (12.25 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 7,330 lbf/in2 (50.6 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 5.1%, Tangential: 8.4%, Volumetric: 13.6%, T/R Ratio: 1.6

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is light reddish brown, sapwood is pale yellow and isn’t clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Color tends to darken with age.

Grain/Texture: Grain is straight, with a medium texture.

Rot Resistance: The heartwood is rated as moderate to low in decay resistance.

Workability: Overall, Khasi Pine works fairly well with most tools, though the resin can gum up tools and clog sandpaper. Khasi Pine glues and finishes well.

Odor: Khasi Pine has a mild, resinous odor when being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity: Working with pine has been reported to cause allergic skin reactions and/or asthma-like symptoms in some people. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Frequently mixed with Sumatran Pine and sold as construction 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.

Common Uses: Paper (pulpwood), boxes/crates, furniture, and construction lumber.

Comments: Khasi Pine is grown on plantations throughout the southern hemisphere, and the fast-growing tree is utilized mainly as construction lumber.

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Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Scots Pine (sanded)

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Scots Pine (sealed)
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