Swedish Redwood


Timbers of a good size are available as the girth of the Redwood tree is fairly large. The Redwood species contains the largest and tallest trees in the world.


  • Colour – Redwood timber has a reddish cast with a distinctive figuring caused by the growth rings.


  • Strength – Medium overall strength. It is not a stiff timber and has a low shock resistance. It is very stable.
  • Ease Of Drying – Dries well and only shrinks a little
  • Movement In Service – Stable, low shock resistance
  • Preservative Treatment – The sapwood is permeable for preservative treatment, but the heartwood is moderately resistant.

Working Properties

  • Machining – Machines well
  • Workability – Redwood timber works easily in general but knots or resin can sometimes cause problems. Grades vary and Unsorted Redwood and Vth Redwood are stocked by Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd, with the Unsorted having fewer knots.
  • Nailing – Satisfactory
  • Screwing – Satisfactory
  • Gluing – Glues well
  • Bending – Does not bend well


  • Staining and Painting – Gives an excellent finish