Larch

Larix decidua

Trade Names

Larch

Similar Woods

Western Larch, Siberian Larch, Japanese Larch

Origin

Central Europe

Range

Alps, Carpatheans, Sudeten, South Poland, also cultivated in the USA and in a few areas in Northern and Eastern Europe.

Uses

Sliced veneer for faces, furniture, lining and paneling.

Properties

Dark brown to dark red-brown color. Resin pockets, resin knots, interlocking and shakes cause slight problems when slicing.

Machining

Larch is easy to work with all hand and machine tools. However, exuding resin can easily contaminate tools and cause sticking.

Seasoning

As a general rule Larch is easy and quick to dry. It must also be remembered that it tends to warp.

Finishing

The resin content must be considered and washed out with wood soap when treating surfaces. Otherwise Larch is suitable for all finishes.

Jointing

Pre-drilled screw and nail joints have high strength, glue takes well and provides a good joint.
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