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pumkin pine

The most sought-after pine finish is a one-day, three-step process. Finding a sample to copy (such as this antique firkin) is a good strategy.

We experimented to find the perfect recipe for this most-requested finish for pine – and it’s as easy as pie.

by Glen D. Huey
from the Autumn 2007 issue of Woodworking Magazine

Pumpkin pine is a developed patina that glows a warm orangy color similar to – you guessed it – a pumpkin.

Ask woodworkers what finish they want to replicate when using white pine as their primary wood in a project, and you’re likely to hear two words: pumpkin pine.

A real pumpkin pine finish has many years of age. Begin with heartwood from Eastern white pine then allow a century of wax, grime and exposure to daylight, and you’ll start to see a patina that displays a golden-orange hue.


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