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Wood Properties of Western Hemlock

Western Hemlock Alternative Name 1
Pacific Hemlock

Western Hemlock Alternative Name 2
British Colombia Hemlock

Western Hemlock Amount of Figure
Intermediate

Western Hemlock Amount of Natural Luster
Medium

Western Hemlock Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Western Hemlock Available As Lumber
Yes

Western Hemlock Available as Veneer
No

Western Hemlock Available only in small sizes
No

Western Hemlock Bending Strength
Moderate

Western Hemlock Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Western Hemlock Botanical Name
Tsuga heterophylla

Western Hemlock Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Western Hemlock Clear Finish or Varnish
Good

Western Hemlock Color of Wood
Light Brown

Western Hemlock Contrast between growth rings
Even

Western Hemlock Crushing Strength
Moderate

Western Hemlock Decorative Figure
No

Western Hemlock Density
Moderate

Western Hemlock Drilling
Fair or Satisfactory

Western Hemlock Fill before Finishing
Insufficient Data Available

Western Hemlock Gluing
Average - Requires control

Western Hemlock Grain
Straight

Western Hemlock Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Western Hemlock Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Faint growth ring stripe

Western Hemlock Hand Tooling
Average

Western Hemlock Hardness
Average

Western Hemlock Hardwood or Softwood
Softwood

Western Hemlock Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Western Hemlock Interlocked Grain
No

Western Hemlock Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Moderate

Western Hemlock Machine Tools
Average

Western Hemlock Mortising
Good

Western Hemlock Movement after drying
Low

Western Hemlock Nail Holding
Good- Nails are fairly difficult to pull out

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

Western Hemlock Natural Durability
Non-durable

Western Hemlock Number of Knots
Low

Western Hemlock Painting
Fair

Western Hemlock Planing
Good

Western Hemlock Polishing
Good

Western Hemlock Pounds per cubic foot maximum
31

Western Hemlock Pounds per cubic foot minimum
31

Western Hemlock Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
No

Western Hemlock Sanding
Fair or satisfactory

Western Hemlock Sawing
Low cutting resistance

Western Hemlock Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Western Hemlock Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Western Hemlock Shaping
Fair or satisfactory

Western Hemlock Size of Knots
Intermediate

Western Hemlock Size of Pores
Insufficient Data Available

Western Hemlock Specific Gravity
Moderate

Western Hemlock Specific Gravity maximum
.5

Western Hemlock Specific Gravity minimum
.46

Western Hemlock Staining
Good

Western Hemlock Steam Bending
Poor

Western Hemlock Stiffness
Moderate

Western Hemlock Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Western Hemlock Texture of the Wood
Fine

Western Hemlock Toughness
Moderate

Western Hemlock Turning
Fair to Average

Western Hemlock Weight
Moderate

Western Hemlock Wood Defects
Check (or split), ring check, stain, warp

Western Hemlock Work Notes
Requires sharp tools

Western Hemlock Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
YES

Western Hemlock Use for Carving
no

Western Hemlock Use for Cooperage
no

Western Hemlock Use for Decorative Veneer
YES

Western Hemlock Use for Flooring
YES

Western Hemlock Use for Furniture
YES

Western Hemlock Use for Handles
no

Western Hemlock Use for Heavy Construction
YES

Western Hemlock Use for Inlay
no

Western Hemlock Use for Interior Finish
no

Western Hemlock Use for Light Construction
YES

Western Hemlock Use for Marine Applications
no

Western Hemlock Use for Marquetry
no

Western Hemlock Use for Millwork
no

Western Hemlock Use for Models and Patterns
no

Western Hemlock Use for Musical Instruments
no

Western Hemlock Use for Novelties
no

Western Hemlock Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Western Hemlock Use for Shingles
no

Western Hemlock Use for Sports Equipment
no

Western Hemlock Use for Turnery
no

Western Hemlock Use for Woodenware
no





     
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