Working Properties

In general, pine is easily worked and can be planed to a fine, smooth finish. Most types are not suitable for use outdoors or for any application that might require excessive strength or durability. Pine can be sawn easily, but has a tendency to splinter on the back side of the saw cut unless a fine-toothed saw is used.

Because it is relatively soft, pine is very easily marked: you can apply enough force with a fingernail to dent it. Lay the wood on a smooth, clean surface before working on it, as any bumps or wood chips will cause a blemish on the underside if pressure is applied to the top.

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