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Forum topic by cabbie posted 04-16-2014 07:26 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2014 07:26 PM

Any particular cautions re: using doug fir to build some functional shop cabinets? I’ve never used it for this kind of job, and I’ve heard some cautions about splitting, etc.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 08:41 PM

There is doug fir and doug fir. Get a very good grade.

As an aside, I spent my childhood in Altadena. We lived on Page Dr. next to the wash. We spent many a day playing and hiking up and down the wash. Hoss from Bonanza lived a few streets over, never met him. I used to deliver Dr. Linus Pauling’s newspaper.

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 09:02 PM

I always liked big Hoss he was a decent guy in real life too from what I hear.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 07:00 AM

Any suggestions on how I’d be able to specify or pick out a really good grade of doug fir from a less workable grade? Do I have to specify something like a grade #1 or something? Sorry to sound dumb, but this is a little foreign to me. I’m all ears and willing to learn.
We’re not far from where you spent your youth—and it’s a beautiful area, just as our street is. Wow—that mention of Hoss Carwright brought back some great but distant memories.. I used to watch Bonanza every week with my buddies—but we didn’t even come close to living in the same town as Hoss!

Looking forward to any advice you can pass along.

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 09:56 PM

Meeting Hoss would be neat but he is not even in the same class as Dr. Pauling.

Pauling was one of the most important scientists in the US and won a Noble prize among many other prizes. He was truly a brilliant man and made many contributions to science. He died in 1994. It would have been absolutely incredible to have been able to meet him and talk to him..a true giant of science.

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 10:42 PM

CVG fir is considered the best (clear vertical grain). It is quartersawn fir so it expands and contracts less than flatsawn lumber. Frame and panel construction seems to work with any grade of lumber though.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 04-19-2014 12:47 AM

vertical grain doug fir has been used for many many decades for door construction. Tight grain fir is excellent for doors and frames. It does split so using mortise and tenon joinery is the preferred method.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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