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Wood Properties of Chestnut

Chestnut Amount of Figure
High

Chestnut Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Chestnut Availability of Wood
Rare

Chestnut Available As Lumber
Yes

Chestnut Available as Veneer
Yes

Chestnut Available only in small sizes
No

Chestnut Bending Strength
Moderate

Chestnut Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Chestnut Botanical Name
Castanea dentata

Chestnut Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Chestnut Clear Finish or Varnish
Insufficient Data Available

Chestnut Color of Wood
Light Brown

Chestnut Contrast between growth rings
Ring Porous

Chestnut Crushing Strength
Moderate

Chestnut Decorative Figure
Yes

Chestnut Density
Moderate

Chestnut Drilling
Very good

Chestnut Fill before Finishing
Requires a filler

Chestnut Gluing
Good

Chestnut Grain
Mostly Straight

Chestnut Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Well-defined or Conspicuous growth ring

Chestnut Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Noticeable or distinct growth ring stripe, ribbon or flake pattern

Chestnut Hand Tooling
Average

Chestnut Hardness
Soft, easy to dent

Chestnut Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Chestnut Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Chestnut Interlocked Grain
No

Chestnut Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Chestnut Machine Tools
Average

Chestnut Mortising
Good

Chestnut Movement after drying
Low

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

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

Chestnut Natural Durability
Durable

Chestnut Number of Knots
Low

Chestnut Painting
Good

Chestnut Planing
Good

Chestnut Polishing
Fair

Chestnut Pounds per cubic foot maximum
31

Chestnut Pounds per cubic foot minimum
31

Chestnut Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
Yes

Chestnut Sanding
Fair or satisfactory

Chestnut Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Chestnut Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Chestnut Screwing
Tends to split wood - Requires pre-drilled pilot holes

Chestnut Shaping
Fair or satisfactory

Chestnut Size of Knots
Small

Chestnut Size of Pores
Large Pores - Open grain

Chestnut Specific Gravity
Moderate

Chestnut Specific Gravity maximum
.44

Chestnut Specific Gravity minimum
.44

Chestnut Staining
Good

Chestnut Steam Bending
Poor

Chestnut Stiffness
Moderate

Chestnut Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Chestnut Texture of the Wood
Coarse

Chestnut Toughness
Low

Chestnut Turning
Good

Chestnut Weight
Moderate

Chestnut Wood Defects
Honeycomb (or collapse), stain

Chestnut Work Notes
Reaction wood results in fuzzy, fibrous surfaces

Chestnut Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Chestnut Use for Carving
no

Chestnut Use for Cooperage
no

Chestnut Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Chestnut Use for Flooring
no

Chestnut Use for Furniture
YES

Chestnut Use for Handles
no

Chestnut Use for Heavy Construction
no

Chestnut Use for Inlay
no

Chestnut Use for Interior Finish
no

Chestnut Use for Light Construction
YES

Chestnut Use for Marine Applications
no

Chestnut Use for Marquetry
no

Chestnut Use for Millwork
no

Chestnut Use for Models and Patterns
no

Chestnut Use for Musical Instruments
no

Chestnut Use for Novelties
no

Chestnut Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Chestnut Use for Shingles
no

Chestnut Use for Sports Equipment
no

Chestnut Use for Turnery
no

Chestnut Use for Woodenware
no





     
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