Was in my local lumber dealer, one
that actually sells purpleheart!
Anyways, they had something called
molding pine. It was clear, and came
in 4/4, 5/4 and 6/4.
I think it's just another term for
clear pine. The guy at the desk
was busy so I didn't ask what it
was, but I did a Google and I
couldn't find that term used
for clear pine.
Anybody got a idea?
I'm looking for clear pine and this might
On Apr 25, 7:15 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Without a picture (and probably even with one) it would be nearly
impossible to know what you have. Lumber yards call out woods to be
anything they want it to be these days, especially the stuff that
comes from South America.
I would be truly surprised if you had access to any amount of clear
pine in 6/4, and even more so if it was a source you could go back to
over and over.
I have a friend that goes all over N. America and into S. America to
buy woods for specialty buyers. According to him, the non USA pine
molding wood we see these days is a South American semi hardwood that
is widely considered an undesirable tree. This can be seen by looking
at the growth rings on the wood. The rings are wide and far apart,
and the dark rings are thick and really hard. The same stuff is
widely used in one form or another to make the preprimed finger-joint
moldings we see everywhere.
Where you live in the USA will dictate what woods are readily
available to you and what their affordability will be. My brother in
law is from the Ohio valley, and he tells me they often burn maple,
cherry and walnut in their fireplaces that they pick up after storms.
That stuff is like gold here in South Texas. Yet, as a woodturner, my
northern forum members where shocked we use mesquite and live oak to
barbecue as well as in the fireplace.
If you can get the clear stuff, I would grab a bunch as any clear
woods are getting quite scarce.
Your comments on "imported pine" could well explain this "molding pine" but
I have to wonder how it could be economical. People give pine away here for
outdoor stove use and unless the logs are large and mostly clear the sawyers
generally don't bother with it as nobody wants to buy unless it is... or
unless they have an order for dimension lumber for building construction. I
don't know where the OP is so things may be different there...
That said, I ended up finding nice pine at a saw mill... 8/4" x 16" x 8' up
to 8/4" x 19.5" x 8' air dried for a bit over 3 years. I got 4 boards and
that didn't make a noticeable difference in the sawyer's pile. Very nice
stuff and the price was very tolerable. This was especially true when
compared to the stuff the big box stores and local lumber yards have had.
Even the 19.5" board is straight and the maximum cupping is about 1/8"
across the width and the other three are less than that.. Two of the boards
don't have a single knot and the other two have some knots that, for my
project, will result in no more than about a 5-8% loss as the knot's
positions allow me to still get the lengths I need. If I'd needed all clear
boards, with a bit of digging the pile would have yielded them. I'm sure
I'll be going back there as I need to trim out my house... fire up the
molder and shaper!
My maternal grandfather had a sawmill outside Basille, Louisiana and I
remember them hauling hickory and pecan logs into the same stack before
it ever got to the mill, so I guess you can't blame the lumber yard ...
but they sure know about it.
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