|Forum topic by Holbs||posted 317 days ago||1039 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
317 days ago
in my ongoing education of wood working (chisels, sharpening stones, which screws to use, power tool reviews here, etc).... now comes the confusing topic. softwood vs hardwood.
the first sentence of every comparison is the vocabulary: softwood and hardwood are misleading. example: balsa (the kind of wood for model airplanes) is classified as hardwood but i wouldn’t want to build a desk out of it.
poplar (hardwood) to pine (softwood): pine has more density than poplar, yet it is labeled softwood? even the standard douglas fir (softwood) is more dense than either poplar and pine by a fraction. when it comes to strength, i’m learning not rely on vocabulary.
i know there are other things to consider like grain pattern, mold resistance, knots, how it takes liquids, the weight, how it fairs with turning or sawing tools, how easily it dents, etc. i guess the real test is to just buy various types of wood on my journey to be a more experienced wood worker.
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/publications/several_pubs.php?grouping_id=100&header_id=p Wood as an Engineering Material
and a couple billion other links.