White Wood is a uniform looking soft hardwood with a very pale, almost white to light-brown colour and straight, fine grain. White wood is commonly used for decorative timber mouldings.
White wood, also known as American basswood or American linden is a very porous timber and therefore not a strong timber. It is excellent for carving and mouldings, the key reason Porta offers a range of decorative and interesting embossed profiles.
White wood is usually a pale-white to light-brown in colour with a straight grain and a fine and very uniform texture, often regarded as a featureless timber.
White wood is very easy to work with, very light and soft. It is easy to glue and can be stained beautifully with a wide range of finish tones. It offers great wear resistance, and holds nails and screws well.
White wood is most suited for mouldings, toy making and decorative DIY projects.
How do I install White Wood architraves?
Porta's White Wood light weight trim mouldings can be easily glued with a PVA adhesive or nailed with a light weight brad to a panel or wall.
What is the difference between hardwood and softwood?
The terms Hardwood and Softwood relate to the tree the wood is derived from.Hardwood is produced from angiosperm tree which have a flowers and produces seeds, and have a more dense and complex structure than softwood which has more pores and vessels. Porta's Hardwood range is available in a variety of mouldings and timber products in a range of specie including Tasmanian Oak, Meranti, Cumaru, Jarrah and White Wood, and others on request.Softwood is produced from conifer trees which have needles and produce cones, and are not necessarily softer than hardwoods. They are an affordable option of timber and come in various grades including a finger jointed option. Porta utilises softwood timber from Taeda Pine and Pinus Radiata species used in Porta Clear Pine, General Purpose Pine, FJ Raw Pine, Primed FJ Pine and H3 Treated Pine.See our Timber for more information about timber species.