Pine is Fine

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Project by Rogue posted 10-14-2011 06:58 PM 2569 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By “Pine is Fine” I don’t mean it’s “Ok if you haven’t anything else”. I mean it is an elegant beautiful wood that should be prized by woodworkers. I think to often its dubbed as a soft option, no pun intended, by woodworks who only use high end hardwoods. I am here to say that this wood has its own set of techniques and skills to work. Any woodworker who is too hoydi toydi to use it is not selective but limited in their understanding of woodworking.

Now that my rant is over… This is a beast of a table! 8’ long built out if 1 1/2” stock. The owners wanted benches with it but didn’t want the people to have to step over a bench to sit down. So we came up with this two person bench idea and it works really well. I will definatly use it on other projects. It got a nice satin poly finish on the blue pine. A great place for thanksgiving dinner!

-- Rogue

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 07:25 PM

That’s beautiful.

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 07:30 PM

nice work.

I think Pine is nice and has a lot of good applications, but also think that in some cases it doesn’t work well for some pieces. like everything in woodworking, there’s a time and place for it all

the table and benches are real nice and elegent – very crisp lines. I like that.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 08:00 PM

I also like the crisp lines….very nice

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 08:14 PM

I agree with you, but you are using “blue pine” which is very unique from the white pine you buy at the box stores. If I had some colorful, nice grained wood, I would use it in the appropriate project. Your table design looks very sturdy. Nice job and thanks for sharing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 10-14-2011 08:51 PM

Yuck, barf, why would you use Beetle Kill pine? That set looks very nice. I spent the last few weeks building Beetle kill dining chairs and they are rock solid. Looks like yours are too with the thick stock. I like the radius on the table ends.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#6 posted 10-14-2011 09:44 PM

The table looks great in pine. but Blue Pine? do you mean Pinus wallichiana from the Himalayan mountains? or the Blue wood after Beetle Kill?

When I was in asia I saw lots of blue pine trees …

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#7 posted 10-14-2011 10:01 PM


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#8 posted 10-14-2011 11:01 PM

Yes, Pine is Fine. You’ve done a great job proving that.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 12:53 AM

I love the look of pine, just can’t seem to fine pine like you have.

What a great looking table.

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#10 posted 10-15-2011 02:12 AM

That came out great.
I’ve used pine and it works real nice.
That edge really sets it off and you crisp line delineation is cool.
And dang if your back ground shots don’t look just like where I used to work outside Chicago, minus the mountains! lol
Thanks for showing us.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 10-15-2011 02:58 AM

Artistic pic’s. cool! I like the table.

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#12 posted 10-15-2011 03:42 AM

I’m glad to hear you say this. I also think pine is an under-appreciated wood, and I spend my share of greenbacks on fine hardwood like everyone else. Sometimes I think there is no “good” wood and “bad,” just wood, some of which is more appropriate for a given application than other varieties.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#13 posted 10-15-2011 07:01 AM

Rouge, Just one word concerning your comments. “Amen”

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#14 posted 10-15-2011 08:08 AM

Wow, that is a great table.

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#15 posted 10-16-2011 05:42 PM

Great Work! I like working Pine and use it often since it is in great supply here.

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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