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01-30-2014 08:19 PM

What is a good kind of pine lumber to make furniture out of. The pine I use to get for furniture is pretty much crap. I’ve seen some people use yellow pine. Any ideas would be helpful.

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 08:57 PM

Eastern white pine is generally the preferred type of pine, at least in North America. It’s light, works well and has nice grain to it. When quartersawn it’s one of the most dimensionally stable woods around. It’s not strong and marks quite easily, but if you can get a good grade of wood it’s quite beautiful (lots of it grows around here and is harvested, but they say that the good grades are sold in larger and richer markets, so most of what we see is pretty knotty). Like you I despaired of finding good pine, although recently discovered a place that sells it (but his prices for pine are as high as those for sugar maple or yellow birch).

Southern yellow pine is generally thought of more as a construction wood, but it often has very nice grain (although often a lot of resin) and people do nice projects with it (at least 2/3 of Roy Underhill’s project are in syp.

I have no experience with other types of pine.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 01:48 AM

Reclaimed heart pine can be absolutely beautiful. And seems a LOT harder than what we get now.

I have a friend who floored his kitchen years ago with reclaimed heart pine and I’m amazed at how it has stood up.

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 02:17 AM

I am not convinced that there are many differences between the types of pine. I am a firm believer that a true craftsman can make most anything look good.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 01:22 PM

I use alot of srape white pine and dosent do to bad.

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 01:48 PM

I’ve used a lot of pine on a lot of projects, especially when I first started out. I used to buy the cheaper pine at the BORGs, then found they had a nice selection of clear pine down by the oaks, poplars, and aspen. It was a little more expensive, but zero knots, better grain pattern, and was easier to work.

Do you get yours from the BORGs or do you have a lumber yard?

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 03:48 PM

Scots or Scandinavian pine (Pinus silvestris) is used extensively in pine furniture manufacture over here. I think that’s known as redwood in the States.

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 09:54 PM

^That is also known as European redwood – totally different to redwood ( sequoia.)

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 11:47 PM

I like southern yellow pine. I’ve built a very nice table with reclaimed yellow pine. I’m currently building a kitchen island with clear yellow pine. I love the color, especially with oil based poly on it. It works well. Does have a lot more pitch than white pine. That doesn’t bother me. I get mine from local mills and not from the home center.

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#9 posted 02-01-2014 12:12 AM

Indoor or outdoor furniture. When yellow pine gets wet it has been known to twist worse than Chubby Checkers. I have seen some nice stuff indoors. They do use if for Box Car siding and it is primarily an outdoor board.

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#10 posted 02-01-2014 02:04 AM

If you don’t mind working the wood a bit give Hemlock a try. Very tough wood. Durable, beautiful grain & color and cheap. A few years ago I built 2 side tables and a coffee table for a client, using Hemlock. At the time I think that I paid .30 cents per BF. The stock was air dried for 8 months or so. I stickered it in the shop for another month or so to get the moisture content down to 12% before working with it.

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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