The Pine Vine


We wanted to create something of value from our experience with timber and Radiata Pine over the past three decades.

Welcome to the PineVine.

Timber is a broad topic, there is a lot to learn. It can be complex.

Over the years, our customer service team and field staff have encountered a range of questions about timber, in particular New Zealand grown Radiata Pine – the species that MLC Group has used for nearly 30 years now. We maintain a “knowledge base” in-house where we store our FAQ.

We thought that some of the topics would make interesting articles, where we can share our knowledge and inform people about the basics of one of the most versatile timbers on the market today.

Take a look at the material we have compiled. The Pine Vine – inspired by questions our clients have asked us in the past.

  • There are various types of finishes to suit different timber applications and uses such as flooring, framing, appearance grade and packaging. MLC Group’s process usually starts with rough sawn timber that goes through a planer. DAR In Timber speak DAR is an abbreviation for dressed-all-round. This term refers is the
  • There are many different timber grades to meet various requirements. These are grouped into two main categories – appearance grades and structural grades. Appearance grades Appearance grades of timber are used for finishing and furniture. This is mainly clear grain but can also have minor blemishes and small, tight knots.
  • When purchasing timber there are a few things to take into consideration, hazard levels and treatment type. Hazard levels are indicators for appropriate use of treated timber. The degree of what timber is exposed to is known as the “hazard”. There are appropriate treatments defined for each hazard class. Timber
  • There are many reasons for treating timber. Treatment provides protection against insect attacks, fungal decay, termites, and weather damage. Treatment is also used for durability, longevity and preservation of the timber. The level of treatment must be appropriate for the intended use of timber. There are different treatments dependent on
  • What do we mean when we say “dressed” timber… Dressed timber can be defined as “machine finished”. In simple terms, timber starts the process in it’s rough sawn state, then is passed through a machine to achieve a smooth and consistent finish. This timber is also customisable, as it can
  • Timber sizes are usually purchased in “nominal” measurements. The nominal measurements are a board’s size before it has been planed smooth on all 4 sides. The actual measurements are the final size. Why is a 4 x 2 not really 4 inches by 2 inches? Around 100 years ago, in
  • There are various saw cuts used when machining timber. Standard cuts you may encounter are the rip cut, crosscut, mitre cut, bevel cut and deep rip. Rip Cut vs Cross Cut The Rip Cut is a cut that splits a piece of timber parallel to the grain. Cutting timber along