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Wood Properties of Aspen

Aspen Alternative Name 1
Quaking Aspen

Aspen Alternative Name 2
Bigtooth Aspen

Aspen Amount of Figure
Low

Aspen Amount of Natural Luster
Lustrous

Aspen Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Aspen Available As Lumber
Yes

Aspen Available as Veneer
Yes

Aspen Available only in small sizes
Yes

Aspen Bending Strength
Low

Aspen Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Aspen Botanical Name
Populus tremuloides

Aspen Carving
Good, easy to carve

Aspen Clear Finish or Varnish
Good

Aspen Color of Wood
Creamy - Light Brown

Aspen Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Aspen Crushing Strength
Low

Aspen Decorative Figure
No

Aspen Density
Low

Aspen Drilling
Good

Aspen Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Aspen Gluing
Good

Aspen Grain
Straight

Aspen Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Aspen Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Indistinct growth ring stripe

Aspen Hand Tooling
Average

Aspen Hardness
Soft, easy to dent

Aspen Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Aspen Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Aspen Interlocked Grain
No

Aspen Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Aspen Machine Tools
Average

Aspen Mortising
Fair or satisfactory

Aspen Movement after drying
Low

Aspen Nail Holding
Fair - Nails hold or are fairly easily pulled out

Aspen Nailing
Fair - may require pre-drilled pilot hole especially near ends

Aspen Natural Durability
Non-durable

Aspen Number of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Aspen Painting
Fair

Aspen Planing
Fair

Aspen Polishing
Fair

Aspen Pounds per cubic foot maximum
26

Aspen Pounds per cubic foot minimum
26

Aspen Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Aspen Sanding
Fair or satisfactory

Aspen Sawing
High cutting resistance - Wood tends to bind or burn

Aspen Screw Holding
Fair - Screws are fairly easy to pull out

Aspen Screwing
Fair - May require pre-drilled pilot holes especially near ends

Aspen Shaping
Rather difficult

Aspen Size of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Aspen Size of Pores
Large Pores - Open grain

Aspen Specific Gravity
Low

Aspen Specific Gravity maximum
.38

Aspen Specific Gravity minimum
.38

Aspen Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Aspen Steam Bending
Poor

Aspen Stiffness
Low

Aspen Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Aspen Texture of the Wood
Fine

Aspen Toughness
Moderate

Aspen Turning
Fair to Average

Aspen Weight
Light

Aspen Wood Defects
Warp

Aspen Work Notes
Reaction wood results in fuzzy, fibrous surfaces

Aspen Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Aspen Use for Carving
no

Aspen Use for Cooperage
no

Aspen Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Aspen Use for Flooring
no

Aspen Use for Furniture
no

Aspen Use for Handles
no

Aspen Use for Heavy Construction
no

Aspen Use for Inlay
no

Aspen Use for Interior Finish
no

Aspen Use for Light Construction
no

Aspen Use for Marine Applications
no

Aspen Use for Marquetry
YES

Aspen Use for Millwork
no

Aspen Use for Models and Patterns
no

Aspen Use for Musical Instruments
no

Aspen Use for Novelties
no

Aspen Use for Secondary Furniture Components
YES

Aspen Use for Shingles
no

Aspen Use for Sports Equipment
no

Aspen Use for Turnery
no

Aspen Use for Woodenware
no





     
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