Scientific Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii
Common Name: Douglas Fir
Janka Hardness: 620
Tree: 100-300 lf tall, 4-6 ft trunk diameter
Distribution: Western North America
Properties: Douglas Fir has a light brown color, that can tend red or yellow depending on location and age of the tree. The growth rings are darker and the thin ring of sapwood is light, almost white. Grain is usually straight, though it can have some wave, and the wood has a course texture to it. It is also one of the strongest of the softwoods, its tensile strength being remarkable for its weight. While being worked, Douglas fir has a sweet resin scent, though it fades with time.
Workability: Machines well, though is difficult to work with hand tools. May tear out unless cutters are sharp and has a blunting effect on blades. Glues well and holds clear finish or paint well, but staining may result in an uneven effect due to the large color variation between growth rings.
Common Uses: Douglas Fir is one of the most beloved species for Christmas Trees in the U.S., but as lumber, it is commonly used for construction, cabinetry, trim moulding, windows and doors, flooring, and furniture.
Availability: As construction-grade material, Douglas Fir is widely available and inexpensive. Superior grade material can be moderately more expensive.
Fun Fact: Despite the name, Douglas Fir is not actually a fir species. It is not even a pine, spruce, or hemlock, instead having its own genus: Pseudotsuga
, meaning “false hemlock.” The species name “menziesii
” is after from Scottish naturalist Arichibald Menzies, while the common name comes from David Douglas, another Scottish botanist who was the first to introduce the tree into cultivation.
Clear Vertical Grain Doug Fir 1 X 4- Actual Size 11/16" X 3-7/16”
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