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What is Non-Porous?

Non-porous is the term used to describe materials that do not permit the transfer of water or air. When referring to wood, most softwoods, such as pine, cedar and redwood, are non-porous.

Non-porous woods do not have as many vessels within the wood fibers. The cells are typically smaller, and the grain of the wood is wide and open. Non-porous woods are typically softwoods, including those from conifer trees. They vary in color and can have a beautiful unfinished appearance. Non-porous softwoods do not readily accept stain, but their weak nature requires them to be coated with paint or clear polyurethane. They are otherwise susceptible to cracking and splitting. Non-porous woods are prepared in much the same manner as porous woods, so they are cut and sanded using the same techniques. Most furniture makers and cabinetmakers avoid using non-porous woods for large projects. However, cedar and pine are frequently used for tables and floors.

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