Fir and Hemlock in the same window?

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Forum topic by shannonweeks posted 06-19-2012 07:51 AM 1340 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2012 07:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: window trim fir trim hemlock trim question

I recently had new windows installed and the carpenter used both fir and hemlock for different parts of the trim. The apron is hemlock, the sill and header are fir and the frieze is hemlock. Should i ask that he keep all the wood the same or is this a normal practice now days?

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 08:37 AM

It’s fine, imo. Movement is the same. Ask him why
if you are curious. He’ll probably give a rational answer.
If it’s paint grade it does not matter and even if stain
grade the hemlocks and firs are similar.

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 03:31 AM

As Loren says, if the trim will be painted, having good knot free wood is all that matters. If the trim is to be finshed to show off the wood, mixing woods seems odd but as long as the grains harmonize it’s probably not a problem. These two woods are about the same color. Still, I would prefer all pieces to be the same wood.

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