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Wood Types and Descriptions «
 
    RECLAIMED WHITE PINE        Pinus strobus

 
Physical Properties
    White Pine is a soft and light. It is not stiff, therefore yielding a low shock and wear resistance. It has a low decay resistance. It does accept stains and sealers with ease. It has a quick drying time and shrinks little. It is dimensionally stable after kiln drying.

Working Properties
   White Pine has excellent workability qualities. It easily saws, planes, sands, and glues. It finishes nicely, although a sealer is recommended beforehand. It has good nail and screw strength, without the necessity of pre-drilling.

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Main Uses
   Historically it was used for masts and figureheads of ships, while also being used to build and furnish houses, barns and stables inside and out. The Native Americans used it for their totem poles. Today it is commonly used for furniture, cabinetmaking, millwork, veneer, paneling, carvings, flooring, doors, dowels, boxes, crates, telephone poles, toys and Christmas trees.

   As with most old-growth trees, the White Pine was heavily harvested for its lumber, making it a valuable resource. Old-growth trees yielded wider boards than available today. Boards and beams from old buildings are being reclaimed for lumber to renew the use of these historic trees.    New lumber from White Pine has a light brown to yellow or reddish brown color heartwood with cream white sapwood. It is fine grained with a uniform texture. The wood color darkens with time and exposure to light, with or without finish.
Habitat
   White Pine is native to Southeastern Canada, the Great Lakes region, and the Appalachian range. It now grows in areas that have been destroyed by wildfires. It prefers moist, sandy soils and cool, humid climates. It has been found to grow well in well-drained areas, rocky highlands, and boggy areas.

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