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Forum topic by Plain posted 07-11-2016 09:47 PM 428 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2016 09:47 PM

I noticed that much of the soft wood I used to see in Europe has relatively tense grows rings. The lumber I see here in big box stores has huge rings, it looks like a tree grows to the production size in 10 years or so. Is it because of the nature of the tree or because someone accelerates the grows ? I would not expect any kind of strength from such lumber but I might be wrong.

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 09:54 PM

depends on species, and region a lot.

But yes the softwood replanting by the plywood and construction lumber companies (like ‘georgia pacific’ is relatively fast growing, so there is a ‘rotation’ of fields for lumber, and very little cutting of old growth lumber.

Not so much in Europe – as they build with a lot more stone and brick, not 2X4 studs for construction.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 01:35 AM

Fast growing species. Plenty strong enough for construction.

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 11:23 PM

Only probably because construction takes their strength ( lack of ) into account. Try building something form a 2×10 board like a mini bench. It collapses into pieces without much force applied to it.

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#4 posted 07-13-2016 11:52 PM

The trees are not planted that densely, therefore they don’t have as much competition for light, water etc as they would have had naturally. This makes the trees grow faster to some extent.

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