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  1. #1
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    Default Another timber type question - everyone's favourite: pine!

    Hi forumites,

    I'm hoping someone can help identifying what type of pine this may be. It's the MiL's dining table that's "baltic pine" or maybe stained a baltic colour or kauri or radiata. It's about 25yrs old, has some knots, stained and has shellac as a top coat. It is approx 95cm x 200cm. I've sanded the drawer off to show the raw view. There isn't any aroma that I can smell apart from those socks later on in the day . It's composition will determine its fate, whether it is kept intact or used to remake some new furniture.

    Please let me know what you think.

    Cheers

    Bryan

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    radiata imho
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    25yo? I'm thinking it probably came from 'The 'Pine Factory,' a furniture franchise that sold reasonable quality radiata furniture at favorable prices compared to similar furniture in hardwood. The build looks about right; I used to drop in fairly regularly on our local store and stir the sales staff with "what've you made from pallets this week?"

    Most of their stock was sold unfinished, so the customer could apply a stain and finish then proclaim "look what I made!" but a proportion were sold with a factory finish. Can you guess how they were named? After the stains that were used... and, from memory, Baltic Pine was one.

    It was a relatively short-lived trend, like the even earlier Copper Art, etc. There are places that still trade under the name, however I believe the original franchise folded quite some time back. (I could easily be wrong; won't be the first time, won't be the last...)
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    Radiata pine.

    Hooroo.

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    Thanks for your replies. It is certainly well made and deserves a better fate than being a shed table. Given that the opinion is radiate, I won't be too apprehensive about making a mistake when repurposing it or using a saw with a wide kerf and making too much sawdust.

    Cheers

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