|Forum topic by uMinded||posted 09-15-2014 04:43 AM||788 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-15-2014 04:43 AM
I took a trip to Windsor Plywood and picked up some clear pine to practice dovetailing on. I ask what species they stock and they said “whatever is available at the commodities price”, One worker said he believed it was western white pine (I’m in Saskatchewan).
I took it home and was just messing around with it to discover that it was horrible to use!
The problems where that the wood would squish, tug, and flake all in the same 1” x 1” space! I used a Veritas PM-V11 chisel and a japanese dozuki and both left horrible results. Just to check my tools I made a small router plane with the exact same tools out of some very dry hard maple and they cut great.
I have just recently stopped using MDF and SPF construction lumber for projects and am learning hand tools but I was not expecting whole woods to be so finicky. Out of the softwoods pine is the cheapest and tons of furniture is made out of it.
Anybody experience this with pine before? Are the possibly quite wet (They are stored with decent air circulation indoors at windsor plywood).
Also, what is a good wood to learn to saw strait and dovetailing on?