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    Currently I milling my lumber for tool chest, all rough stock, no power tools as usual. I’m using pine, and I have some concern about it. When I picked board all looks fine, as soon as I started planing I have some kind of Zebra wood, wood is not sticky, but I can smell it strong pine oil scent.Question is should I use this board or take another one? The stripes on both side of the board, rest of the stock which I already prepared is clear(I don’ want use paint). Thank you kindly for advice.
    Cheers Serhiy.

    Toronto, Canada

    Steve Follis

    I like it Serhiy, it has character.

    It looks similar to some Radiata Pine that I have used in the past. Home Depot sells it here in Memphis as their select quality pine. It is a bit soft, but it works easily.

    I would not hesitate to use it on my tool chest.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    David Gill

    I am impressed that you are using rough sawn and planing it all by hand, I always start off buying planed up timber.
    Is it Yellow pine you are using ? I checked with my timber yard for the material for the tool box , I usually buy Red wood ( a type of Pine) off them but they did not have any boards wide enough for the 11 3/4″ wide board required for the tool box but he did have yellow pine boards that he could do at 11 3/4″ wide. Yellow pine was quite a bit more expensive than the Red wood but it had a lot less knots and defects.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :



    I was in the BORG yesterday and searched through their pine boards. I ran across a few boards that were very similar, with the brown area just like your pictures. It was not sticky per se, but I assumed it may be sap based on the slightly clammy feel and the smell.

    The pine boards they are now selling may have been cut in the spring – when the sap is rising. According to what I have read, the presence of sap is not preferable since it attracts bugs. Wood is best cut in the winter before the sap rises.

    I am not sure about any of this, but I was able to avoid those since I found several other clear boards.

    -Scott Los Angeles


    It is white pine David. Well dressed wood is little bet more expensive and I try to avoid surprises if I can.

    It has character Steve but only one board in the middle of the chest.. I don’t know. I still have hope it will change color to the original.

    Scott as you can see, when I pick that board (picture 01) it look as normal boar with no any spots like that, wood stay in my room for 3 weeks.

    Thanks for respond guys.

    Toronto, Canada


    If I had to guess, it is a fungi of some sorts. I believe it’s called spalting. I have a couple pine boards that are discolored like your board. structurally, I think they are no different than other pine boards, but obviously cosmeticallydifferent. Some like it, some don’t. The boards I have, I glued up into a panel. If you were use the boards and decided that the sap was ruining to the surface, you can clean the surface with denatured alcohol first and then apply the glue.


    If spalting is all you have on the pine (wonderfull !) – than you surely can proceed further; But I’would carefully watch for some rotten areas , b’cause I think in (old) pine , spalting might come with rotting , -bad news
    good luck with your tool chest !

    Paul Sellers

    What you seem to have is only a heavier area of resin I think. It can also be a mineral deposit. Nothing to worry about and i also don’t think this is spalting. The wood looks like Eastern White pine but I could be wrong. Anyway, nothing to worry about there. Carry on!


    Thanks a lot Paul))You are right this is White Pine.Thank you kindly for all responses. I’m in my way))

    Toronto, Canada

    Timothy Corcoran

    🙂 awesome.

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