I have used this thick laminated pine board on a couple of projects now and am very happy with it. My projects have been a combination of desk top and bookshelves and it was easy to work with using both track saw and router. It paints just fine. Staining is a bit irregular, but for my purpose it was just the look I wanted. I would give it five stars, but in the store I saw a few pieces where there were small gaps between the laminates. I hope that doesn't occur with my finished project and if not, five stars.