Where is the pine

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Blog entry by Bob Casey posted 09-18-2016 01:26 PM 1005 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love working with exotics and hardwood, but some times you need some pine for projects for craft shows. SO WHAT HAS HAPPENED? I go to the big box store you know who they are and they have this composite S—- they call whiteboard they are passing off. Anybody in Syracuse or central New York still selling PINE?

-- woodnutbob

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 03:17 PM

The local box stores carry clear pine in the section with the poplar and red oak. It’s nice wood to work with, altho at a premium price.

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 04:43 PM

You can usually get some dimensional lumber is yellow pine also. Check out 2×6’s and 2×8’s. Cut out the center and scrap it and you have some nice quarter sawn lumber.

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#3 posted 04-29-2018 10:16 AM

Slightly on/off topic comment:

Years ago we used white pine (Maine) for everything. It was considered a good working, ‘junk’, lumber. It was great for framing up cabinets as it worked really well, was inexpensive, and didn’t split. Then you’d put the good wood over the framing. The thought was, good thing pine’s good for this kind of thing as it’s too soft to use for burning in a wood stove.

Today, as it’s become as expensive as other woods I’ve taken to purchasing framing lumber, cutting it up and using it for such tasks. Here it’s Spruce. A bit more splitty and knotty, but a half decent alternative.

Even today, when I see things like pine cabinets, the knottier the better it seems, I still think that the person didn’t have the resources to use a better wood. That’s the way it used to be. My kids seem to think oak trim in a house is old fashioned. The clean modern look is to have paint grade moldings and they’ve got to be white.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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