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.

  • 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
  • Radiata Pine is “the Super Timber of the 21st century.” For a small country New Zealand produces large numbers when it comes to forestry, in particular Radiata Pine. Forestry contributes over 6.4 billion dollars in export earnings to New Zealand’s economy annually with the lion’s share being Radiata Pine products.