Cypress: Domestic Hardwood

Cypress wood is often used when durability or weather resistance is important. Cypress is a great lumber for exterior projects including Adirondack chairs, benches, picnic tables, and porch swings.

Cypress is easy to machine, router, and holds fasteners quite well. Cypress is relatively clear with a blonde to golden blonde appearance; the heart wood can be darker in color. Cypress can also resemble a clear pine and has long been used in the Southern United States as their lumber of choice for lumber that is exposed to the elements.

Cypress will have a nice grey color if left outside with no finish. Cypress is also naturally resistant to most bugs and pests.

Cypress has a Janka hardness of 1370.

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type Southern U.S.
Botanical Name Taxodium
Specific Gravity .42
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.4 lbs
Color Range Light tan to dark brown, Sapwood lighter
Rarity / Availability Common
Typical Avg. Width 5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length 8 – 16 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 25%
Wood Uses Woodworking or Exterior Projects
Lumber Grades FAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Bald Cypress and American Cypress

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