Eastern White Pine

(Pinus Strobus)

     Lightweight, soft, even-textured and easily worked, Eastern White Pine is probably the least resinous of all pines. It does not swell or shrink greatly with moisture content changes and displays remarkable durability as shown by large number of houses built of Eastern White Pine in New England 200 and more years ago.  Because of these desirable characteristics, Eastern White Pine uses include millwork, knotty pine paneling, siding and boards for boxes, crates, coffins, boats, woodenware and novelties.

Grade: NELMA  No. 2 Cuts or Better

    NELMA's Eastern White Pine grade descriptions define the limiting characteristics (knots, holes, splits, etc.) allowed in each grade (quality level).  While the grades describe the poorest condition acceptable, it is unlikely the maximum size or number of these characteristics would be present in any board.  Because Eastern White Pine grading rules are developed for appearance rather than structural use, it is possible a board of otherwise exceptional quality may have a characteristic larger than listed in the grade while a board with an unusual combination of characteristics which may be excluded affect serviceability seriously.

    Cut Stock is selected to produce 40% or better clear cuttings at least 3" wide and 1 square foot in area. The number of cuttings is specified.  The clear cuttings are joined together to produce a defect-free face for highest quality architectural or appearance uses.  The "Standard NELMA Grading Rules for Northeastern Lumber" shows all allowable grade characteristics.

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