by Lambdafarm on October 23, 2010

Pine is a funny wood.  There are many types of pine, but three are predominately used in construction or woodworking.  Longleaf pine is the most prized.  Old growth longleaf pine floors are prize possessions.  When old houses are torn down, longleaf pine is often salvaged from them.  The nails are then pulled, the ragged ends trimmed, paint sanded off, and then the wood is reused.  Even used, it is expensive.

Most construction pine is Southwestern pine, or yellow pine.  Technically a soft wood, it is pretty hard.  It has a nice grain structure and is fairly inexpensive.

pine motorcycle puzzleCommon pine is the cheap white stuff you see at the DIY stores.  It is definitely a soft wood and will not hold details well.  I cannot use it for detailed fretwork, but do use it for puzzles and some other items.  You can see what it looks like in this puzzle.  This is an inexpensive option for such things, although they are available in more expensive woods. What can I make you?

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Patricia@lavenderuses October 24, 2010 at 1:17 am

You are one talented lady Stephanie :-) Here in Oz we don’t use pine in our houses cos of the white ants that love feasting on it! However I have a beautiful pine Welsh Dresser that is quality pine and I display all my beautiful blue and white Spode china in it. It is a pleasing feature and I inherited it from my sister-in-law who wanted new furniture for a new home.
Patricia Perth Australia


Stephanie Suesan Smith October 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

What do you use for construction? With the ants and termites you have, not to mention all the snakes, I would imagine you mostly use concrete block. I can’t imagine how tough it must be to live down there with all those dangerous critters. Of course, Texas has the reputation that everything bites, stings, or pokes. I bet you have some pretty species of wood we never see up here.


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