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#1 posted 11-29-2012 06:16 AM

Douglas fir has low surface hardness that can be easily damaged while working it. As others have mentioned, the difference in hardness between the early and late wood growth rings, can make working the wood tricky. Sharp tools are a must for morticing and planing. Score your cuts cross grain to prevent splintering. On the positive side, douglas fir has beautiful vertical grain and is a very stiff wood with great structural strength.

Here is a picture of a partially completed toolbox I am building. Sides are resawn douglas fir, no finish, with claro walnut as the contrasting wood.

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