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Western White Pine



You should find the better grades of western white pine (Choice & Better, and Quality) in the board section of home centers and lumberyards. Boards should have the stamp mark MC-15, meaning that they have been kiln-dried to 15 percent moisture content or less. Expect to pay $2 or more per board foot. As plywood, you'll pay $50 for a premium sheet. The boards you buy may carry the additional "IWP" grade-stamp imprint. If so, you'll have some of the best pine available, with very few knots. But western mills don't kiln-dry softwoods to a low moisture content of 8 percent that you typically find in hardwoods. By industry standards, your pine may have as much as 12-15 percent moisture, which is okay if you let the wood acclimate in your home for a week or so to stabilize it before using. Then, you'll want to keep the following tips in mind when working western white pine.

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