Your Hottest Summer 2021 Eastern White Pine Projects

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What have you all been up to this summer? Oh, just working on some amazing Eastern White Pine projects, if Instagram is any indication! As always, thanks for sharing your work under the hashtag #easternwhitepine. Here are 15 standout projects from the last few months.

This beautiful Eastern White Pine cabin by @garybergeron77: “Cabins going on over 10 years since I began cutting down trees, it became a quitting drinking project and the start of a mostly health obsession with woodworking, made possible by a very patient and supportive partner.”

A gorgeous custom window frame by @rustedpulchritude: “The finished window, made with the sill we were working on in our previous post – made from local eastern white pine and utilizing a reclaimed double-pane window. This window won’t need to open (being installed in an open storage space) so a fixed pane works ok.”

Eastern White Pine planks are playing a role in this old home restoration: “Well we are finally putting on plank. Timber framing in modern times generally means you are framing but also doing finish carpentry, however framing and sheathing at the same time works a new part of the brain. When replacing the plank frame’s sill we opted to change out the trough that held the plank for a rabbet(cut out corner) in which allows the plank to be inserted into the top plates trough then swing into the rabbet. We fixed surviving plank by relieving a mirror of the rabbit. We then fastened everything with structural screws.”

These satisfying dovetails by @jproniewski: “Who doesn’t love some dovetails? I needed more storage space in the shop and I almost bought a tool chest from the D-pot. Then I came to senses and started building my own. Here are some process shots of the carcass. I get all warm and fuzzy inside thinking that this thing will last for a long long time.”

Another stunning project by @rustedpulchritude: “A current WIP: a board made from local eastern white pine, decorated with handcarved apotropaic marks, aka witches or hex marks, believed to be protective of structures (and the people within them) in colonial america, brought as a concept from england. Many were inscribed onto portals through which a spirit might pass – windows, chimneys, etc – by a carpenter or craftsperson, the idea being that evil spirits are confusable and get caught up in the repeating pattern before making it inside. Another independently developed but similar-in-goal object that people might be more familiar with is the Native American/First Nations “dreamcatcher” (asabikeshiinh in Ojibwe) which instead of confusing a spirit would capture it, as if in a spiders web. Another version that I grew up with was the Irish St. Brigid’s Cross, in addition to other superstitious behaviors (throwing bread against doors on New year’s day while reciting a specific saying, etc). Another commonly seen example is Celtic and Scandinavian knotwork, in addition to other unique and fascinating traditions around the world.”

A modern home by @timberblock featuring Eastern White Pine: “As promised, we’re showing you the back of our beautiful brand new Sonoma. This home is the definition of pure contemporary living…inside and out. See more photos, plus get the floor plan. It’s all on our website…the link is in our profile.”

Check out these lovely floors by @vermontplankflooring: “This cozy bedroom features Old Growth Eastern White Pine with Vermont Planks’ Chelsea Finish.⁠”

An old fashioned barn raising by @pinestackjoinery: “Had an amazing weekend raising a barn frame for some very fine folks in Jordan Bay. 22X34’ with two storage lofts. Middle bay is open and will have sliding barn doors on both eave walls. Lean-to rafters and window framing to come.”

A refreshingly simple live edge Eastern White Pine slab project in progress by @mainelumber: “Simple garden table. We used one of our slabs, cut out the heart for stability and added a pair of pretty good looking @naturalgoodsberlin legs. Two matching benches to follow shortly.”

Check out this beauty by @roguefoxcollaborative: “Farmhouse Table and Benches in Eastern White Pine. Rustic Finish. 30”x72”. Small but tough. Buttons have been stress tested through plenty of one person lifting and moving. They strong.”

The underside of a stunning Eastern White Pine floor by @rockheartcabin: “Can you figure out what you are looking at here? I am standing on our basement stairs. You can see the first floor wall and ceiling and then the stairs that go up to the second floor. A feature that I like about them is that they will be open.”

Look at all this beautiful Eastern White Pine! Via @mooselogandtimberframehomes: “Interior photos of our gorgeous full round logs in our southern WI project! What’s your favorite part?”

Woodworking students learn some awesome new skills at @tfgheartwoodschool: “Heartwood students prep the final pieces and cut the last joints needed for putting the cruck frame together!”

This creative use of Eastern White Pine is going to make one cat very happy indeed! Via @round_angle: “Feline Climber Number 3 in production. Easy disassembly and reassembly.”

@kylielittleart shares an impressive project from the esteemed Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina: “I wasn’t planning on sharing all of @penland_wood ‘s summer class pics, but if they continue being this amazing…I won’t be able to help myself. The students built this timber frame in less than 2 weeks with very little experience. All joinery. No hardware.”

Via the @softwoodexportcouncil: “The classical rural New Hampshire home built with wood cut down on their one property and locally source Eastern White Pine, also has other Eco-friendly features such as a rooftop solar array, heat recovery ventilation system and a heat-pump hot water system. The owners note that “Every new home should be seeking Energy Star Certification. As long as your not cutting corners, meeting the requirements is easy and the amount of documentation needed is minimal as compared to other certifications such as LEED. And compared to other certification programs, Energy Star pays you and not the other way around.”

Simply Good Design: The Rustic Wooden Chair Absolutely Anybody Can Build

Think you can’t build a functional chair? You’re more capable than you imagine, if the design is right. Originally designed in 1974 by Italian designer Enzo Mari, the Sedia 1 Chair was made for self-assembly, with a simple design, an easy build process and a highly sturdy result. The design was included in Ilse Crawford’s first Good Design Masterclass for Braun, a video series that aims to inspire “good design for a better future.” 

The series explore Braun’s three key design principles: simple, useful and built to last. These principles can be most valuable when it comes to our most basic needs, with items like eating utensils and the curved S-bend waste pipe on toilets, which almost singlehandedly ushered in the era of modern hygiene in the 19th century. The chair, Crawford explains, is especially important because it’s both sustainable and empowering.

“This is a really clear example of open-source furniture,” said Crawford. “These were plans that were published and available for anybody to use. This was a message, not in a bottle, but in a chair. [Mari] was a 1970s activist who wanted to shine a light on the culture of consumerism and inbuilt obsolescence. Aesthetics was really not the point. This was simply an intention to reframe the future.”

Furniture company Artek put the Sedia 1 chair design into production as a kit of parts, including pre-cut pine boards, nails and instructions, and it requires nothing but a hammer to assemble. But you can also build it yourself using your own materials. The original plans are in European lumber sizes, which makes it hard to follow here in the United States, but thankfully, some helpful woodworkers have translated those plans to our dimensions. Check out the plans on Medium.

Weekend Project: Make an Eastern White Pine Bat House

Looking for a fun project to test your handy skills or keep the kids busy on a summer weekend? Here’s a great kit that will make the work easy and rewarding. Made of Eastern White Pine, the Wakefield Premium Bat House DIY Kit features an echo-location slot and space for up to twelve bats inside. Why host bats, you ask? While some people may find them the stuff of horror movies, these tiny flying mammals are great to have around your yard. A single bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects every hour, and usually ends up devouring 8,000 of them in just one evening!

“Wakefield premium bat houses are hand-crafted in the USA and made of only the finest, sustainably-grown Eastern White Pine Wood. Eastern White Pine is an ideal material for bat houses because it provides superior insulation during the summer and winter months while remaining light in weight and easy to hang. The Wakefield Bat House DIY Kit is easy to build and perfect for educational purposes. Bats are one of the most important ecological health contributors to the planet; many plants are dependent upon them for pollination.”

“And despite popular belief, bats are generally quite harmless to people; they do not attack humans and are far less prone to rabies than even household dogs or cats. The Wakefield Bat House features an extended landing pad and an interior covered with screening to provide bats with a maximum foothold. It is also specially designed to include an echolocation slot, making it easy for the bats to locate the cavity.”

“Your bat house should be located in a sunny location, 10 to 15 feet above the ground, and preferably on the side of a building where there isn’t any shade. It is common for bats to wait up to 18 months before occupying a new bat house. Fall or winter is a good time to put up a bat house in hopes of occupants the following Spring. Each Wakefield Bat House is built to last and includes a brochure that describes the species, placement and maintenance of the bat house.”

When you’re done putting this kit together, mount it on a pole, on the side of a building or on the trunk of a tree with little shade, and position it facing south to southeast, so it warms up during the day. Make sure you’re a quarter mile or less from a water source for healthy bats. This kit costs $45.99 at Monroe, where you’ll also find a great selection of other rEastern White Pine projects, like birdhouses and squirrel nesting boxes.

Your Best Eastern White Pine Projects of Spring 2021

What can you build with Eastern White Pine? All kinds of things – as you can see in our latest roundup of #easternwhitepine projects featured on Instagram! Sheds, coops, grand houses, log cabins, doors, window frames, organizers… the only limit is your creativity.

Via @woodenware4u, “Finished up the Garden Shed project for my client today. Nice to have a project close to home.”

Via @blueberrywoodsmaine, “Ready for some fun facts? ???? ⤵️The white pine used at @blueberrywoodsmaine was responsibly harvested approximately within 70 miles the land. ???? This makes me incredibly happy. The distance from the lumberyard to the land is considerably even less than that. Talkin’ local here. White pine is 100% recyclable, organic, non-toxic, and biodegradable. We won’t be recycling my new dance floor though.”

Via @rockheartcabin, an awesome porch made with Eastern White Pine. “Hello beautiful day! This porch wraps entirely around our house and adds so much space and enjoyment. I’ll be very happy when it has railings on it.”

Via @softwoodexportcouncil, “Two architectural designers have modernized the classic rural New Hampshire home, building their own residence from wood cut down on their own property and locally sourced Eastern White Pine. Working on a tight budget with sustainability and a chic industrial-rustic hybrid aesthetic as their goal, the couple built nearly everything from hand, including the kitchen cabinetry, and achieved Energy Star certification. The interior of the home is lined with Eastern White Pine finished with Monocoat white oil, from the wide-open living room with its wood stove focal point to the spa-like bathroom with all of its built-in storage.”

Via @lulpinewoodandforge, “Built a these lovely little diamond sash today! The old ones were beyond repair, but this locally milled eastern white pine should last another few hundred years!”

@tfgheartwoodschool, a timber framing school in the Berkshires, is working on a studio and poultry house made of Eastern White Pine. Looks amazing so far!

Check out these gorgeous eastern white pine floors posted by New Hampshire’s Main Street Homes Gotta love that wide plank!

Woodworker @wornro presents his latest project, a footstool made of Eastern White Pine. 

Via @builtbybrosco, this cabin in Falls Village, Connecticut features Eastern White Pine tongue and groove boards harvested onsite. 

Via @ediblelandscapes, “Who doesn’t love a good ‘before and after?’ What were a bunch of rotting beds that the bunnies were making their salad bar, are now these beefy 2’ tall raised beds! We are quite happy with how they came out! All local(ish) Eastern White Pine, rough cut. Ain’t no bunnies getting into these beds!”

@pennsylvaniasawmillcompany gives us a close-up look at some heavy structural Eastern White Pine timbers that’ll be going into an industrial-style building in Virginia. 

More of @pennsylvaniasawmillcompany’s Eastern White Pine decorative trusses, these ones in a new church in State College, Pennsylvania.

Here’s a great example of using Eastern White Pine for smaller projects. @nkwoodwerx says, “Fully stocked and ready for grab and go sanding! I designed the cabinet around 1/3 sized sheets to reduce how far it sticks out from the wall, but also I find 1/3 sheet sizes to be the most useful in my work whether I’m hand sanding or using various sanding blocks.”

Show Off Your Latest #EasternWhitePine Projects

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What has everyone been up to using #EasternWhitePine? We found some cool new projects to share on Instagram, check them out! And we always love to throw in a few appreciation posts for the magnificent tree itself.

Check out this awesome modern Eastern White Pine lodge in Falls Village, Connecticut by @Studioc_nyc! It features a timber frame, a screened porch and “layers and layers” of Eastern White Pine.

Of this carriage house door project, @hoaglandrestoration says, “We were lucky enough to have connections with a sawyer who has been sawing Western Red Cedar out of poles previously used for power lines. This coinsided with a client who was looking to convert an empty dirt floor bay of his carriage house into a parking spot for the modern carriage (a honda cr-v). Therefore we but the two together and hung joists in the bay and decked with 2″ planks at 3/8″ spacing with a ramp to match. We then reused the strap hinges and pintles from the previous door and built a new set of Eastern White Pine doors with historically correct trim schedule. We then installed the “Franklin Autoswing” as a remote opener. Wiring should make it operational shortly. “

Via @michaelgrafarchitect: “Sometimes in the shop we do traditional pieces too! This one @danielhchouinard meticulously crafted for an antique cape in Durham. The wide pine top came from a tree that my grandfather harvested over 50 years ago.”

@stoneleighgarden says, “The twisting needles of Pinus strobus ‘Vercurve’ add a touch of whimsy to the winter garden.”

Craftsman @woodenware4u says of this post and beam eastern white pine garden shed project, “Finished up the Garden Shed project for my client today. Nice to have a project close to home.”

@missanniemac22: “My new winter hobby…wood burning! Can’t wait to hang this on the big Eastern White Pine with the swings @fo_fdrpark????What do you think is the safest and most stable way to affix the label without damaging the tree?”

@sc_lumbersupply_greer: “‘Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways’. Oscar Wilde – Is creamy white speaking to your soul right now? Need a nice light unspoiled neutral to add to your space, our white pine is perfect for you. The center bead pattern can help you create a classic look for walls and ceilings alike or flip the board over and use the v-pattern to really open up your space. Perfect for rooms with natural lighting or for porch ceilings that you want to stand out! Feel free to stop by or give me a call today, I am always happy to answer your questions!”

@labradorlumber is in the process of building a gorgeous post and beam cabin using Eastern White Pine, showing off the entrance here. 

@Shawn.cox321 is in the process of building a telecaster guitar out of Eastern White Pine – the progress is looking amazing!

@pathsandpeaks captured this gorgeous image of Eastern White Pine canopies in winter on a Vermont stroll. 

@macdavisflooring gives us a peek at wide plank Eastern White Pine floors with a gray-toned stain for a contemporary look.

Up in Ottawa, @corywoodwork is working on a footstool made of Eastern White Pine for his father. Looks great!

Of this handmade Eastern White Pine photo frame, @shokajmo says, “Just finished this picture frame for a map of B’town. I didn’t want to mess around with miters so i did this impractical dovetail. Finished with Minwax tung oil finish.”

@railroadbridge says of this Eastern White Pine Windsor chair in progress, “There we go! Ready for glue up and the upper assembly. No bandsaw access right now so lots of block plane and drawknife to fair the curves.”

Why You Should Choose White Pine for Your Next Woodworking Project

Sculptors, millworkers and other craftspeople creating finely detailed projects in wood often choose Eastern White Pine over other species. Here’s why.

Among the most widely used species for construction in the United States, Eastern White Pine is unique because it’s a softwood with an extremely fine texture, but low resin content compared to other pines and softwoods – so you won’t have nearly the same problems with sticky messes on your workbench or tools. It has a straight grain and even texture, so sculpting tools push through it like butter. It also glues together well.

As it ages, Eastern White Pine takes on a prized pumpkin tone on the outside, but maintain a creamy white interior. That contrast gives wood carvings depth, even when you don’t stain them. 

Whether you’re building a custom mantelpiece, a birdhouse or a whittled sculpture, your best chance at success comes with practice, getting to know the wood and working with its characteristics. Choose high-grade (C-select) wood with minimal pin knots and uniform color and let the wood acclimatize in your home or shop for a few weeks. 

The wood’s soft nature means it can be crushed instead of sliced if your tools aren’t sharp, so keep an eye on them, and clean the blades or cutters as needed with a nylon bristle brush dipped in solvent. If you create a small unwanted dent in the work process, place a damp cloth over it and cover it with a hot iron for a few seconds to fluff up the fibers.

Check out some more tips for finishing Eastern White Pine, along with some of these cool creations:

3 Woodworking Craft Projects You Can Make with Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine Houses for Feathered & Furry Friends

Hyper Realistic Sculptures Carved from Eastern White Pine

Life-Sized Canoe Sculpture Made of a Solid Block of Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine Shines: Wunderwoods Custom Woodworking