I have a small wood shop where I make custom wine racks, wine boxes, crates and displays. Being newer at this, I am having some trouble with understanding the different Ponderosa Pine woods that are available.
The first bundle I purchased was a #3 grade Ponderosa Pine. Had the usual knot issues that I was use to, but cut, planed and sanded well. Now on the second bundle, my lumber supplier gave me a deal on some #2 grade Ponderosa Pine. I was excited that I got a good deal. However, this lumber splinters when cut, raises grain and chunks when planed, scars oddly when sanded and has many more resin pockets.
Hoping someone can help me understand if the different species of Ponderosa Pine may act this way, or did I get something other than Ponderosa Pine.
According to Butch Bernhardt at the WWPA,, “It’s possible you received something other than Ponderosa. Or the issues you note could also be caused by lumber that has been overdried or dried improperly. That can make the wood fibers brittle, causing things like splinters, raised grain and chipping when planed.
Typically, lumber coming from the same mill will have similar characteristics, so buying from the same mill can provide more consistent stock. Grademarks, end stamps or end labels can help you identify the mill.”
I hope you guys can help me learn more about what to look for and what to ask for.
Thanks in advance for your help.