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Wood mimicking 12th scale pine
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Josje Veenenbos

Hello everyone,

For a project I am working on I need to make baltic pine (Pinus) or spruce (Picea) flooring.  The real thing is rather too out of scale for the project so I have been looking for a good 12th scale substitute.  So far without success. 

Would any of you have a suggestion which wood I could use for this?  I would appreciate any help!  

Thank you.

Josje.

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WeekendMiniaturist

Josje, my experience of finding in scale miniature pine or spruce is to always be on the hunt and have a stash.  I found some at a local store that specializes in re-selling reclaimed / recycled building materials... you can look at old pieces of furniture at private sales, or even at the wood store... but just like silk, a stash is the way I've been accumulated in-scale miniature wood.  The alternative is to contact someone who specializes in selling wood to miniaturists.  Here in the USA, or for our international buyers if you want to import, I really recommend Steve & Mary Goode.

http://shgoode.com/

Do tell all your friends locally, especially those in the wood working, furniture building business... they can be a great resource... just take a project with you and wow them... it never hurts to ask!  I am lucky to have my own contact at a local cabinet shop, as my husband is a pro, and  is always on the lookout for fine quartersawn wood for me.  I even have a 1 piece of pine that he brought home has a few miniature knots... they look like tiny birdseye to me, and I know it isn't maple!   I'm saving this piece for a very special project!

if you cannot find suitable in-scale wood grain, you can alway faux paint the grain to get the effect you wish.

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Josje Veenenbos

Thank you!

I do have a stash of wood which I have saved or which was given to me, just not pine.  I have a contact in luxury yacht building, but they never use pine for their cabinets.  Plus it is not a popular wood here at all at the moment.  

Unfortunately I don't have too much time to search for the right piece of wood.  So I rather hoped there would be some other sort of wood which could be passed off as scale pine.  

Yes, faux painting is possible although I have tried that before and didn't like my results very much.  

I'll keep searching!

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Josje Veenenbos

PS:  Wonderful wood supplier!  Thank you for that link.  

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WeekendMiniaturist

Oh, I am learning new details about wood... Also try searching for vertical grain or clear vertical grain...  I think any evergreen tree that grows in your area would work... wood is very regional specific... Species that I would consider include Cedar, Fir, Cypress.  Redwood and Cedar maybe too red in color.  I believe Cedar is used for outdoor projects and lining clothing closets here in the US.

Of course Decidous trees lose their leaves, and evergreens do not...and Pine of course is in the Evergreen family... so that is why I would try Cedar, Fir or  Cypress.... I don't have a real Christmas Tree, but I can imagine me trying to save the tree trunk each year.  I have what I think I planted is a very slow growing dawn redwood that I have been nurturing for a couple of decades, that didn't grow but inches,  but it seems the last two years it is growing; I was wondering if it was related to Bamboo family.  Since it is sooooo slow growing, should the tree not survive, I am planning to keep its trunk to see how it would turn or resaw on a band saw.

To send you on a treasure hunt, somewhere on the forum, member Collie Feathers sawed a branch and it looks like a witch in the bark... I can't find it right now, but it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

 

 

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Bill Hudson

I would suggest looking at vertical grain Douglas fir. If you can get closer to the sapwood the grain is finer and the color varies.

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Gail Geiger

I would also use fine grain fir cut vertically with the grain for the floorboards. The flooring in your photo looks like it has been burn-stained. 

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Catherine Ronan

I think it partly depends on where you are in the world and the piece you happen to get. Colin Bird made beautiful tables long ago out of some pear he had with tiny knots in it. It was very much in scale with gorgeous wood grain.

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WeekendMiniaturist

Catherine, you are absolutely correct on region... but I think the wood treasure hunt is the same as my silk fabric hunt...  If I lived in the Northeast or Northwest, I know I would have a serious wood stash... We have great access here locally native wood for life size projects, just not a lot of options for imported woods, so we visit the local woodworking store through the year for fine grain boards.  I did keep a cherry tree that fell in our sons yard - and this past year, I finally found someone with a saw locally that can cut it for me so I can dry it properly; I am hoping that it was a slow growing tree... our son talked me (us) into working and cleaning up the mess and I got the tree... seemed like a good deal at the time for one of us...  If it is fine grain, though I probably got enough cherry for a lot of mini projects.

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