|Project by Michael1||posted 09-09-2011 08:21 AM||2302 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
People for some reason seem to have an adversity to projects made from pine. I use to believe that it was good for nothing but pallets, creates, and building studs. However; i also remember being a young wood worker (about 14 yrs old)and my Father making the statement that Pine is a beautiful wood as long as it is finished to look like pine. At the time I dismissed his analogy as I was interested in working with dark fine hardwoods like walnut and mahogany. Growing up in the 70s probably didn’t help my dislike for light colored soft woods as the trend of the day was for furniture manufacturers to use 2×4 and 2×6 SPF and put walnut colored stain on it. resulting in a piece of work that looked terrible. Years later I took Dads advise on a project made from pine and finished it in the natural and have loved working with pine ever since. Although it is a soft wood, the pitch in pine requires frequent cleaning of cutters as the resin build up will dull cutting tools prematurely, and if you use a belt sander or drum sander, it requires frequent cleaning of the sanding belt/drum to prevent premature wear, however; some of my best work has been on projects where I used eastern White Pine, But I have always applied a natural finish to them.
Now when asked about different woods and finishes by clients,, I usually tell them that Pine looks great as long as it is finished to look like pine,,,and Poplar looks great as long as it is finished to NOT look like poplar.
-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com