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Wood Properties of Cottonwood

Cottonwood Alternative Name 1
Eastern Cottonwood

Cottonwood Alternative Name 2
Black Cottonwood

Cottonwood Amount of Figure
Low

Cottonwood Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Cottonwood Availability of Wood
Adequate

Cottonwood Available As Lumber
Yes

Cottonwood Available as Veneer
Yes

Cottonwood Available only in small sizes
No

Cottonwood Bending Strength
Low

Cottonwood Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Cottonwood Botanical Name
Populus spp

Cottonwood Carving
Good, easy to carve

Cottonwood Clear Finish or Varnish
Very Good

Cottonwood Color of Wood
Creamy - Light Brown

Cottonwood Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Cottonwood Crushing Strength
Low

Cottonwood Decorative Figure
No

Cottonwood Density
Moderate

Cottonwood Drilling
Good

Cottonwood Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Cottonwood Gluing
Good

Cottonwood Grain
Mostly Straight

Cottonwood Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Cottonwood Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Indistinct growth ring stripe

Cottonwood Hand Tooling
Average

Cottonwood Hardness
Soft, easy to dent

Cottonwood Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Cottonwood Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Cottonwood Interlocked Grain
Yes

Cottonwood Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Cottonwood Machine Tools
Average

Cottonwood Mortising
Fair or satisfactory

Cottonwood Movement after drying
Low

Cottonwood Nail Holding
Poor - Nails pull out easily

Cottonwood Nailing
Good - Seldom splits wood

Cottonwood Natural Durability
Non-durable

Cottonwood Number of Knots
Low

Cottonwood Painting
Good

Cottonwood Planing
Fair

Cottonwood Polishing
Fair

Cottonwood Pounds per cubic foot maximum
28

Cottonwood Pounds per cubic foot minimum
22

Cottonwood Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Cottonwood Sanding
Rather difficult

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

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

Cottonwood Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Cottonwood Shaping
Fair or satisfactory

Cottonwood Size of Knots
Small

Cottonwood Size of Pores
Large Pores - Open grain

Cottonwood Specific Gravity
Moderate

Cottonwood Specific Gravity maximum
.47

Cottonwood Specific Gravity minimum
.35

Cottonwood Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Cottonwood Steam Bending
Poor

Cottonwood Stiffness
Moderate

Cottonwood Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Cottonwood Texture of the Wood
Coarse

Cottonwood Toughness
Low

Cottonwood Turning
Good

Cottonwood Weight
Light

Cottonwood Wood Defects
Honeycomb (or collapse), warp

Cottonwood Work Notes
Hard mineral deposits require sharp or carbide tipped saw knives

Cottonwood Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Cottonwood Use for Carving
no

Cottonwood Use for Cooperage
no

Cottonwood Use for Decorative Veneer
no

Cottonwood Use for Flooring
no

Cottonwood Use for Furniture
no

Cottonwood Use for Handles
no

Cottonwood Use for Heavy Construction
no

Cottonwood Use for Inlay
no

Cottonwood Use for Interior Finish
no

Cottonwood Use for Light Construction
no

Cottonwood Use for Marine Applications
no

Cottonwood Use for Marquetry
no

Cottonwood Use for Millwork
no

Cottonwood Use for Models and Patterns
no

Cottonwood Use for Musical Instruments
no

Cottonwood Use for Novelties
no

Cottonwood Use for Secondary Furniture Components
YES

Cottonwood Use for Shingles
no

Cottonwood Use for Sports Equipment
no

Cottonwood Use for Turnery
no

Cottonwood Use for Woodenware
no





     
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