This is really sappy!

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Forum topic by richardchaos posted 11-16-2017 01:10 AM 673 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2017 01:10 AM

Never ran into this from LOWES! Bought some common 2×4 pine studs. Go em home starting ripping them! The yard dripping with SAP! It’s all over my table saw. Smells like a tanker truck full of Turpentine wrecked out front!


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#1 posted 11-16-2017 03:25 AM

Fir is the same way. Don’t buy #2 common pine. Generally you can get Select 2×4’s for about the same $. Or better yet buy oak or anything but pine.


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#2 posted 11-16-2017 03:50 PM

Have been more than a little annoyed a few times after buying 2x’s the box claimed were kiln dried, but were sappy. Maybe it was a bad set, but. . . .

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#3 posted 11-16-2017 04:35 PM

♫ It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas… ♫

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#4 posted 11-16-2017 05:31 PM

Perhaps you picked up southern yellow pine instead of the white stuff that is so common at HD and Lowes now days. I find the yellow generally has more resin (sap) than the white stuff to begin with (probably why it’s yellow?). To set the pitch on highly resinous woods, I think that they have to do a special step towards the end of the drying process. The wood is probably dry, it is just that the pitch was not set.

BTW, this resin or pitch is actually the source of natural turpentine which is why you are getting that smell.

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