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Durability: Non-durable
Colour: Medium
Sizes available: 25, 50 mm

Trade Name: Kahikatea
Botanical Species: Podocarpus dacrydioides
Other Names:   White Pine
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Air Dry Density: 465kgs/m³
Durability: Non-durable


The timber dries easily and well, but there is a danger of sap-stain during air drying.
There is small movement in service.
The creamy-white wood of kahikatea is light and easily worked. It is straight grained with a fine even texture, providing long, clear lengths in wide widths for sawing.
It is not durable and is especially subject to damage by house borer.
Nevertheless, it has many excellent properties including the absence of odour.
Working Qualities: 
The timber works easily and well with both hand and machine tools.
It holds nails and screws well, glues and finishes smoothly to a surface ideal for painting, varnishing or polishing.
Building construction, scaffold planks, fascia boards, weatherboards (when treated), flooring, framing, joinery, kitchen furniture, boat building, domestic woodware, mouldings, casks and boxes.
It is an excellent turnery wood.
Also used in the manufacture of ice cream spoons and cocktail sticks, toothpicks etc.
Selected logs converted into plywood and decorative veneers.
It is not recommended for exterior use with stain or a dark finish.
Often H3 treated for boat building purposes.
Product Attributes:
The wood is odourless
Veneers available.
Product Limitations:
Subject to damage by house borer.