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Wood Properties of Holly

Holly Amount of Figure
Low

Holly Amount of Natural Luster
Low

Holly Availability of Wood
Limited

Holly Available As Lumber
Yes

Holly Available as Veneer
Yes

Holly Available only in small sizes
Yes

Holly Bending Strength
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Holly Botanical Name
Ilex opaca

Holly Carving
Good, easy to carve

Holly Clear Finish or Varnish
Very Good

Holly Color of Wood
Creamy White

Holly Contrast between growth rings
Diffuse Porous

Holly Crushing Strength
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Decorative Figure
No

Holly Density
High

Holly Drilling
Fair or Satisfactory

Holly Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Holly Gluing
Average - Requires control

Holly Grain
Irregular

Holly Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Indistinct growth ring

Holly Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Indistinct growth ring stripe

Holly Hand Tooling
Difficult

Holly Hardness
Average

Holly Hardwood or Softwood
Hardwood

Holly Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Holly Interlocked Grain
Yes

Holly Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Holly Machine Tools
Somewhat Difficult

Holly Mortising
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Movement after drying
Moderate

Holly Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

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

Holly Natural Durability
Non-durable

Holly Number of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Painting
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Planing
Average

Holly Polishing
Good

Holly Pounds per cubic foot maximum
40

Holly Pounds per cubic foot minimum
40

Holly Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Holly Sanding
Good

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

Holly Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

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

Holly Shaping
Good

Holly Size of Knots
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Holly Specific Gravity
High

Holly Specific Gravity maximum
.57

Holly Specific Gravity minimum
.57

Holly Staining
Fair - May stain unevenly or change colors

Holly Steam Bending
Poor

Holly Stiffness
Insufficient Data Available

Holly Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Holly Texture of the Wood
Fine

Holly Toughness
Moderate

Holly Turning
Good

Holly Weight
Heavy

Holly Wood Defects
Check (or split)

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

Holly Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
no

Holly Use for Carving
YES

Holly Use for Cooperage
no

Holly Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Holly Use for Flooring
no

Holly Use for Furniture
YES

Holly Use for Handles
YES

Holly Use for Heavy Construction
no

Holly Use for Inlay
YES

Holly Use for Interior Finish
no

Holly Use for Light Construction
no

Holly Use for Marine Applications
no

Holly Use for Marquetry
YES

Holly Use for Millwork
no

Holly Use for Models and Patterns
no

Holly Use for Musical Instruments
YES

Holly Use for Novelties
YES

Holly Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Holly Use for Shingles
no

Holly Use for Sports Equipment
no

Holly Use for Turnery
YES

Holly Use for Woodenware
no





     
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