Yellow Pine, Common and Better

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Yellow Pine

Yellow Pine, often referred to as Southern Yellow Pine, is a group of pine tree species native to the southeastern United States. It is highly regarded for its light to medium brown color, straight grain, and versatility in woodworking and construction.

Appearance and Characteristics

Yellow Pine wood typically features a light to medium brown color, which can vary based on the specific species and growth conditions. The wood is known for its straight, even grain pattern and a fine, uniform texture. Yellow Pine is a moderately lightweight wood, typically weighing around 2.5 to 3.5 pounds per board foot (567 to 794 kilograms per cubic meter).


Yellow Pine is celebrated for its excellent workability. It is relatively easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand, making it a favorite choice for woodworking and construction projects. The wood holds fasteners well and accepts finishes and paints readily. Yellow Pine's versatility and workability make it suitable for a wide range of applications.

Uses in Woodworking and Construction

Yellow Pine wood finds numerous applications in woodworking and construction, including:

  • Framing: Yellow Pine is commonly used in construction for framing and structural purposes, including wall framing, roof trusses, and floor joists. Its strength and ease of workability make it an ideal choice for these applications.

  • Decking: Yellow Pine is a popular choice for outdoor decking due to its durability and resistance to rot and insects when properly treated. It can withstand exposure to the elements.

  • Furniture: While not as common as hardwoods for fine furniture, Yellow Pine is occasionally used for casual and rustic-style furniture, where its medium brown color and versatility contribute to a relaxed aesthetic.

  • Interior Woodwork: Yellow Pine is employed in interior woodwork, including moldings, trim, and paneling. Its consistent appearance adds a touch of warmth and character to architectural elements.

  • Boat Building: Some types of Yellow Pine, like Longleaf Pine, are valued for boat building due to their durability and resistance to saltwater.


Yellow Pine offers good durability for various applications:

  • Indoor Use: Yellow Pine is suitable for indoor applications, particularly for framing, woodwork, and furniture. It can be finished and painted to enhance its appearance and protect it from wear.

  • Outdoor Use: Yellow Pine, especially when properly treated, is a reliable choice for outdoor use, including decking and structural elements. It is naturally resistant to rot and insects in these applications.

  • Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: Yellow Pine, when properly treated or naturally durable species are used, exhibits resistance to insects, decay, and rot, contributing to its longevity in outdoor applications.

Yellow Pine's versatility, workability, and durability make it a favored choice for woodworking and construction projects, particularly in regions where it is readily available and appreciated for its strength and performance.

All lumber now ships surfaced on 2 sides, and ripped on 1 edge at a minimum. Surfacing is done to a 1/16th over nominal (+- .030). Also the option for a rip to width is now available for a premium price. Ripping is done on an industrial straight line/gang rip machine. While the rip will be consistent end to end, the fence may not always end up in the same spot between orders. Rip widths will be within 1/8th of an inch of stated widths.

4/4  will be surfaced to 13/16ths.

5/4  will be surfaced to 1 and 1/16th.

6/4  6/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 5/16ths.

8/4  will be surfaced to 1 and 13/16ths.

10/4  will be surfaced to 2 and 5/16ths.

16/4  will be surfaced to 2 and 13/16ths.