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Why is pine a popular choice for interior design ?

For several reasons:

  • - Its distinctive and varied grain
  • - Its easy machinability allowing it to be cut into all sorts of different shapes and sizes
  • - It's compatibility with all types of finishing
  • - Its highly attractive colour
  • - The possibility of creating knot-free, solid or finger-jointed wood.
  • - It is a competitive product
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What is "finger-jointed pine" ?

A finger joint is a woodworking joint made by cutting a set of complimentary rectangular cuts into pieces of wood, which are then glued. The glue varies depending on the intended use of the finger-jointed wood.

Wood pieces used for finger jointing generally come from mechanical (for structural purposes) or aesthetic sorting, the aim of which is to eliminate certain "defaults" in the wood. Finger-jointed wood therefore often has a short length. It is therefore possible to create finger-jointed wood pieces without any knots, something which is often required for certain uses such as overlay and joinery work.

A list of professionals offering finger-jointed pine is available online


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How does pine change indoors ?

Any wood exposed to UV tends to turn yellow.

Treated pine can also turn dark yellow and even orange - an attractive colour but not always to everyone's taste.

This is why pine is often covered with a transparent varnish or opaque finish to prevent its appearance from changing.

Today transparent finishes include UV absorbers which considerably slow down the yellowing of the wood. "Non-yellowing" varnish is the term used for this product.

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What is a "glued laminated rectangular woodblock" ?

A woodblock is an average size cut of wood generally used in wood joining for making doors and windows, known for its straightness and uniform appearance.

To make a glued laminated rectangular woodblock, wood pieces are piled one on top of the other and joined together (finger-jointed or otherwise - pine is often used) with an adhesive. A wood block normally comprises 2 to 5 layers of wood.

At each layer the piece of wood faces the opposite direction to the one below it in order to prevent the woodblock from losing its shape and to keep it perfectly straight and stable - the key to a correctly functioning joint.


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Is pine suitable for parquet flooring ?

YES - Pine has an ideal puncture resistance for use in parquet flooring.

However, this is advisable only for places where an average to low number of people walk over, such as the home.

It is not recommended to use pine for parquet flooring that lots of people will walk over.

Similarly, walking over pine parquet flooring in stiletto heels or shoes with steel toecaps may leave indelible marks.

Using lacquer varnish to protect the wood from dirt makes it easier to maintain and strengthens its puncture resistance.

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What are the main uses for pine indoors ?

Apart from its more mainstream applications - panelling and parquet flooring - French pine is also used to manufacturer different types of boards.

In board form, pine can be used to cover walls and ceilings, and to create separations, furniture and doors.

  • Plywood boards are useful not just for their size but also because they are thin and uniquely sturdy. They are used as cladding for walls in public buildings, often with microperforation to improve acoustic comfort.
  • Fibreboard (MDF), where the woodgrain is no longer visible, is often used to cover paintings and other decor (paper or wood). We often forget that it is made of pine (for French fibreboard)! Fibreboard is often micro-perforated to help absorb background noises.
  • Solid boards, made of wood pieces glued to one another at the edges, look more like solid pine and are therefore used more for furnishings. They are also used for making shelves, doors and plane surfaces. They are occasionally found on the shelves of DIY stores.
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Why does pine occasionally have grey or blue areas ?

When freshly sawn and still wet, pine sapwood is particularly sensitive to the "blue" fungus, which gives the wood a blue, green or even blackish colour.

Even if this fungus is eradicated during the drying stage, the discolouration of the wood is indelible.
The blue colour is therefore considered a cosmetic default of the pine which, depending on its intended use, doesn't really pose much of a problem.
For example, an opaque paint can be applied to the surface (doors, windows, indoor overlay), and its blue colour will not pose a problem.

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Who are we ?

French pine is found throughout France and provides an abundant resource of timber and industrial wood in the immediate vicinity of industry players and end users. This website was created by the APEP, l'Association pour la Promotion des Emplois du Pin (the Association for the Promotion of the Use of Pine), which unites all professionals who use French pine, whether in outdoor structures, construction, interior design, logistics or industry.