Birds Eye Pine

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Blog entry by sblg43 posted 12-21-2010 03:06 AM 3367 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was in the furniture business, we occasionally had a pine piece of furniture with birds eye. It was always something special to see. Recently, I was at a Lowes that was about 3 hours away from me and I came across these pine beauties. I had to have them cut in half to fit in my car, but since I don’t build anything too long, it shouldn’t be a problem.

My wife thinks that they are “kind of ugly”. I let her know that she is mistaken!

I don’t know yet what I am gonna build with these, but I just couldn’t leave them there!

Also, the birds eye pattern goes all the way through to the other side of each board.

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 03:27 AM

When I was tearing off the 110 year old cedar siding on my house I found a lot of that stuff under there. Must have been more common in the 1890’s. Not as nice as the maple though.

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 03:32 AM

Might want to take a look at my projects and think about the treasure chest I have there(the first one not the one on the blog) I made this out of a 1×12 from Lowes. Appears to me the boards you have would add a lot of character.(it’s 22×12x14h)

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 03:49 AM

those are quite beautiful…you did good to take them… are you going to stay married to this women who thought they were ugly…man in my house those are fighting words…lol…......good score…..

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 04:26 AM

That’s really lovely. Once in a while I find that pattern on some fragment of pine and I set it aside to front a bandsaw or other small project. I’ve never seen it as nice as you have here however. Thank you for sharing. Some of us get so caught up in the beauty of the more exotic stuff that we overlook the often breathtaking beauty of the “normal” woods staring us in the face. It’s really nice when pieces like these beckon us to better appreciate what lies in plain sight. Thanks again.

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 04:42 AM

i remember a while ago when i first started coming to lumber jocks, that someone or some folks made it sound like pine wasnt worth looking at…and ive always felt that there is a wonderful beauty to pine and when you come along to something like just makes pine even more worthy of a wood workers project…one type of pine that i have an enormous amount of and have even put up in my home is the antique southern heart pine…its a very beautiful wood with a very warm and inviting color…and its a pine that is even rated as hard as oak is…on the janka scale….pine and heart pine is always worthy of my attention and i think this sample just shows how wonderful this species can be…ok…off my soap box…....grizz

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 06:49 AM

Good Score!!!
I’m sure whatever project you decide on it will look great.
Grizz, so very true about pine. Its only been since the last 3-4 years that I have started using other species of wood other that pine. I started woodworking with pine. Then I inherited quite a bit of Southern Yellow Pine. So 90% of my projects have been made from Pine. I only have about 100-200 BF left will be sad when its gone.

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