Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) was a hot topic at the Woodshop committee meeting on Sunday, so I was a little surprised to find two guys in the shop on Tuesday afternoon cleaning up box store yellow pine for projects they had going. One had been told (not by me) he couldn’t run his 2x10s through the jointer and planer, so he was “planing” his 2x10s to thickness using the Multicam with a 3/8" end mill—and he had been at it since 8:30 that morning(!). The other guy was ripping the rounded edges off of 2x4s and cutting them into about 4’ lengths. I stopped him when started running them through the drum sander and again when he switched to the planer. Both were experienced woodworkers and not happy about the “no SYP” rule. Both pointed out that there are no signs saying “no SYP”. I encouraged them both to get on Talk and make their voices heard.
This is my take on it: Both guys were working with what looked to be relatively dry wood. I didn’t put a moister meter on any of it, but the wood looked to be under 12% and in my opinion should have been just fine (except for maybe the drum sander). I’m not convinced that “no SYP” should be a hard and fast rule and what I saw on Tuesday was a good example why.
On the other hand, I’m pretty sure we have the rule because there are feral woodworkers who use the Woodshop that don’t know SYP from treated lumber, and they don’t know wet wood from dry. And if we open the door for well-seasoned SYP, we’ll have some knucklehead driving a treated lumber truck through it.
I guess if we’re going to have the rule, we need to put up signs on the tools that we can’t use with SYP.