|Forum topic by ferstler||posted 04-16-2011 04:37 PM||2864 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-16-2011 04:37 PM
My ex boss (we are both retired) recently broke down an old, seven-foot bookcase at his place and gave me the pieces. The sides were 1×10s, 1.5-inches thick, with the shelves the same depth, but .75 inches.
I planed off the stain and varnish (rather rough varnishing work had been done on the pieces) and now have the items stacked and ready to turn into a desk. There are not quite enough for the project, so I will go get some regular white pine boards to make things like the hidden back board, drawer sides and back, etc. This will be a rather simple computer desk, with not much in the way of fancy design tricks.
My question is: just how does “Brazilian” pine stack up against regular pine or any number of other woods? The boards do have knots in them, but they add character and will make the desk actually look the way I want (rustic), and the stuff seems to “work” OK, at least so far. I will admit that age seems to have hardened the stuff beyond what I have found with regular pine from the big-box stores. Not exactly hardwood, but not exactly easy to dent, either.