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Wood Properties of Douglas-Fir

Douglas-Fir Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Douglas-Fir Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Douglas-Fir Availability of Wood
Adequate

Douglas-Fir Available As Lumber
Yes

Douglas-Fir Available as Veneer
Yes

Douglas-Fir Available only in small sizes
No

Douglas-Fir Bending Strength
High

Douglas-Fir Blunting of Tool Blades
Moderate to Severe

Douglas-Fir Botanical Name
Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas-Fir Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Douglas-Fir Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Douglas-Fir Color of Wood
Red Brown

Douglas-Fir Contrast between growth rings
Uneven

Douglas-Fir Crushing Strength
High

Douglas-Fir Decorative Figure
No

Douglas-Fir Density
Moderate

Douglas-Fir Drilling
Good

Douglas-Fir Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Douglas-Fir Gluing
Good

Douglas-Fir Grain
Mostly Straight

Douglas-Fir Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Well-defined or Conspicuous growth ring

Douglas-Fir Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Noticeable or distinct growth ring stripe, ribbon or flake pattern

Douglas-Fir Hand Tooling
Average

Douglas-Fir Hardness
Average

Douglas-Fir Hardwood or Softwood
Softwood

Douglas-Fir Harmful Properties
May cause dermatological problems or skin irritation

Douglas-Fir Interlocked Grain
No

Douglas-Fir Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Douglas-Fir Machine Tools
Average

Douglas-Fir Mortising
Good

Douglas-Fir Movement after drying
Low

Douglas-Fir Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

Douglas-Fir Nailing
Tends to split wood - Requires pre-drilled pilot hole

Douglas-Fir Natural Durability
Moderately durable

Douglas-Fir Number of Knots
Intermediate

Douglas-Fir Painting
Good

Douglas-Fir Planing
Good

Douglas-Fir Polishing
Fair

Douglas-Fir Pounds per cubic foot maximum
35

Douglas-Fir Pounds per cubic foot minimum
33

Douglas-Fir Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Douglas-Fir Sanding
Good

Douglas-Fir Sawing
Moderate cutting resistance

Douglas-Fir Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Douglas-Fir Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Douglas-Fir Shaping
Good

Douglas-Fir Size of Knots
Intermediate

Douglas-Fir Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Douglas-Fir Specific Gravity
Moderate

Douglas-Fir Specific Gravity maximum
.53

Douglas-Fir Specific Gravity minimum
.5

Douglas-Fir Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Douglas-Fir Steam Bending
Poor

Douglas-Fir Stiffness
High

Douglas-Fir Surface Preparation for Finishing
Yes

Douglas-Fir Texture of the Wood
Intermediate

Douglas-Fir Toughness
Moderate

Douglas-Fir Turning
Good

Douglas-Fir Weight
Moderate

Douglas-Fir Wood Defects
Knots loosen or split, stain

Douglas-Fir Work Notes
Requires sharp tools

Douglas-Fir Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Carving
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Cooperage
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Decorative Veneer
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Flooring
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Furniture
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Handles
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Heavy Construction
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Inlay
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Interior Finish
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Light Construction
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Marine Applications
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Marquetry
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Millwork
YES

Douglas-Fir Use for Models and Patterns
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Musical Instruments
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Novelties
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Shingles
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Sports Equipment
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Turnery
no

Douglas-Fir Use for Woodenware
no





     
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