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Wood Sample Test 2023

Adding a few different timbers to the test this year, Radiata, Plywood and a mystery timber I was given which we think is some kind of pine from Italy.

Test sample boards: 3 Boards made, One board is stored in the shed to keep original, one board is completely uncoated exposed to full weather, one board has wood sealer and exterior paint exposed to full weather.

As shown in photo: 1 Paulownia, 2 Radiata, 3 Italian Pine, 4 Cypress, 5 Hoop Pine, 6 Plywood.

After six months of exposure to full weather and we’ve had a lot of rain over the last six months.

Observations: All samples seems structurally sound with no obvious decay. The unpainted hoop pine appears dark with mould. The hoop pine sample is likely to have been the most driest, resin free of all the samples and possibly the most porous so it sucks up the moisture from all the rain we’ve had. The plywood has held up better than expected.

As shown in photo: 1 Paulownia, 2 Radiata, 3 Italian Pine, 4 Cypress, 5 Hoop Pine, 6 Plywood.

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