Ok, that makes sense. It's not clear why that makes the wood
less stable so long as the grain runs vertically up and down the
trunk instead of spirally around like curly maple. In fact, I
hadn't known that about yellow pine.
Folklore abounds in the woods, just like anywhere else so it
wasn't clear if you knew what you were writing about (which
clearly you did) or had an _interesting_ notion about how trees
Sounds to me like you got ahold of a piece of old growth Longleaf Pine
that was very full of resin. These trees can harden up like the
proverbial "ironwood", especially if it was dead when cut and the log
was low on the bole.
Uh Huh. Southern Yellow Pine is one of the densest, hardest
softwoods, the only commercially commonplace softwood species
comporable in strength to Doug Fir.
I think that as the wood ages teh sap polymerizes increasing the
strength and hardness.
The Chromated Copper Arsenate treatment makes it denser, maybe
harder too. It may be a good thing that you didn;t use a power
planer. Probably it would corrode the heck out of the planer
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