- What is Pine?
Solid woods are classified as either hardwoods or softwoods, but the description is based on the tree’s foliage rather than the strength of the wood. Hardwood trees lose their leaves seasonally. Softwood trees maintain their leaves year-round. Pine is softwood that’s grown and used worldwide. It is light in color with a prominent grain and has knots that are usually much darker than the rest of the wood. Many woodworkers favor pine because it is easier to work and achieve better finish than hard woods.
- Why Consider Pine?
Pine furniture is less expensive than many other wood pieces, especially if you buy it unfinished, which makes it a very popular choice. It can be painted, stained or covered in a clear coat of varnish. The wood’s noticeable grain and knots give each piece a unique look. Pine wood also has pine oil which helps prevent termites from attacking the furniture’s, so it can be used as outdoor furniture as well, Pine furniture blends well with other woods, allowing the buyer to mix and match pieces. Pine furniture adds coziness to a room, and the wood is ideal for rustic or English Country decor. Pine’s coloring keeps bookshelves, armoires, dressers and beds from appearing heavy and stuffy.
- What to Look For
The quality of pine furniture can vary widely. Although pine is more pliable than most hardwoods, pieces can last for decades if it is constructed well. Knots should be expected and can be attractive in a piece of furniture, although pine is a sturdy wood, it can easily be dented and scratched. Like all woods, Well-crafted pine will be smooth and the walls plumb. The fasteners on the drawer should create a snug fit between the front and rest of the drawer. Drawers should pull out smoothly and maintain their shape when twisted.
- Getting a Good Price
Custom-built pine furniture can be surprisingly affordable and durable.
- Environment friendly
Pine trees grows rapidly than other hardwood trees and helps trap carbon di oxide Every ton of wood used for furniture saves about 5.7 tons of carbon-dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Pine trees are evergreen trees and are a renewable resource. Hence it is best to use pine wood than other hardwood trees which require decades to grow.