I am looking at some crown molding, and at HD they have "Primed Pine" for
about 2/3 of the unfinished pine. From the back it looks like pieces
finger-jointed together, and then milled and primed.
Is this stuff ok to use? Will is hold up, not warp, etc? I imagine that
regular pine would be easier to cope joints, but the price difference is
hard to ignore.
Some is. I purchased some oak veneer ply for an heirloom toybox I was
building. All OK until I decided to scroll out 4" diam air holes.
The veneer split off in chunks; no, or very little glue. However, no
bad experiences with finger jointed wood. Take a piece and see if you
can snap it across the joint. That will indicate the strength. Fine
if covered with paint.
Peeled ply is an entirely different matter than finger-jointed moldings. I
think the thinner ply and the peeling of a ring-porous wood like oak is what
did you in.
If you're scrolling splintery ply, get those bi-directional blades for a
better shot at it.
You may or may not want to consider the MDF crown. I tried it on
several projects and liked it a lot - easy to cope too. The price
cannot be beat (got mine at HD also).
The final paint is really smooth also.
Just a thought for ya.
You might also notice that molding that is not primed may also be comprised
of all those spliced pieces of wood. That is known as Paint Grade molding.
Molding with out those joints is known as Stain Grade.
IMHO these Paint Grade Moldings are straighter and have fewer flaws.
I have been using plenty of this stuff -- works great for both crown and
base, especially if you are painting it
Question for the day is what type of wood is used --- the stuff I buy from
HD is marked as "product of Brazil" -- anybody know if they have "pine"
there -- can't imagine that we ship bits-o-pine there only to have them
finger jointed and shipped back.......... Inquiring minds.....
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