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Pine - Stair Materials And Lumber

Pine is probably the most popular software available today. The trees grow throughout the United States and provide woodworkers with a steady supply that's relatively inexpensive. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of what a piece of Pine looks like.

There are plenty of different types of wood that have limited knots, but this isn't going to be the case with Pine, most of the time. You can order Clear Pine or Knotty Pine, depending upon how many knots it will take to complete your project.

I often use number 2 Pine and usually have a few pieces always laying around the house. I've used it for drawers, shelves, bird houses, furniture, handrails and stairs.


Disadvantages To Pine

The knots in Pine are tough and usually create problems when cutting or sanding. The wood is softer than the knots and can lead to uneven surfaces, if sanded too much. Some of the knots are loose and fallout, after you just finished building something like a nice drawer.


Advantages To Pine

It's readily available and reasonably priced. This is usually all I need to hear, before making any wood purchases. Pine is rarely used for structural home framing lumber on the West Coast, but is definitely used on the East Coast.


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