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.
|Origin of Wood Type||Southern U.S.|
|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|