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Douglas Fir Douglas Fir, scientifically known as Pseudotsuga menziesii, is a coniferous tree native to North America. The tree can grow up to 100 metres tall, with a straight and cylindrical trunk. The heartwood of Douglas Fir is a light yellow-brown colour, while the sapwood is a paler colour. The wood has a straight and uniform grain, with a fine and even texture. Douglas Fir is a popular choice for a wide range of applications due to its unique properties. It is commonly used for framing, flooring, paneling, and cabinetry due to its strength, durability, and attractive appearance. The wood is also highly receptive to stains and finishes, which allows it to be customised to suit a variety of design styles and preferences. Douglas Fir is a sustainable timber source, with forests being managed for selective harvesting to ensure future growth. The wood is readily available and affordable, which makes it a popular choice for both commercial and domestic applications. The wood is known for its strength and stiffness, which makes it ideal for use in construction and woodworking. Douglas Fir is also known for its excellent workability, as it can be easily machined, sanded, and finished to achieve a smooth surface. The wood is also highly receptive to glue and can be nailed or screwed with ease. The wood is known for its stability and resistance to warping, which makes it ideal for use in construction and woodworking. One of the unique features of Douglas Fir is its durability, which makes it ideal for use in outdoor applications. The wood contains natural preservatives that make it resistant to decay and insect damage, which can help to extend its lifespan and reduce maintenance costs. Overall, Douglas Fir is a versatile and reliable softwood that is prized for its strength, durability, and attractive appearance. Its unique properties make it a popular choice for a wide range of applications, from framing and flooring to paneling and cabinetry. Douglas Fir can exhibit two notable flaws: its proneness to warping and twisting due to its relatively high moisture content and its vulnerability to insect attacks, especially by wood-boring beetles and termites.
Category Softwoods / Softwoods Including Clears Botanitcal Name Pseudotsuga Menziesii Origin Clear Grade Softwood Uses Structural timber
Density 530 kg/m3 Colour Usually light brown with a hint of red and or yellow Grain Straight or slightly wavy Texture Medium to course