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#1 posted 11-28-2012 11:01 PM

Douglas Fir is interesting stuff. I just built us a new dining table from a combination of new and reclaimed Doug Fir. It’s a very strong wood, rating at or very near the top of all the code span tables for beams and floor joists, so you can use it for structural parts without fear. The floors in my century old house are Doug Fir (as is the framing) and it makes fine furniture, although it is tougher to work with than nice furniture woods like cherry or walnut. The main issue for me is that if you look at the growth rings, the lighter part (earlywood) is very soft compared to the latewood. This can cause all kinds of weirdness when planing (crazy tearout) or sanding (must use a hard block), especially with coarser-grained stuff. Planing end-grain can be a definite pain, and it does splinter like most conifer wood. It’s also a softer wood, so my floors get dents and so will things like table tops or corners, whereas oak or cherry would stand up much better. So it can be good for things like panels in a frame and panel construction.

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