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Forum topic by cd10036 posted 08-26-2009 05:19 AM 4337 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cd10036

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08-26-2009 05:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cabinets hemlock kitchen

My local “big box store” has added Hemlock in the same section as the oak, poplar, maple, and other wood that is not 2x. I was looking through the selection, and aside from cost, this wood is straight, has some distinct grain, and knots that are not through, but rather add a “rustic” look to the wood. My question is how well would this wood be suited for use as face frames and doors in the new kitchen I am going to build next spring? Thank You.


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#1 posted 08-26-2009 05:25 AM

It’s used as trim all the time in my area and should work out fine for a face frame.

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 05:41 AM

Hemlock is actually very nice. I prefer the quartersawn better than the flatsawn for cabinetry because of the uniformity.

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#3 posted 08-26-2009 06:33 AM

My fathers used CVG Hemlock for all the finishing trim work in his house.. he also ordered all hemlock 6 panel doors as well. Great wood when quartersawn, really nice color to it.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#4 posted 08-26-2009 06:38 AM

I was wondering the same. Around here some of the Amish saw mills cut hemlock but I dont know if I bought it from them if I would have to let it dry.

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#5 posted 01-03-2017 10:21 PM

Extremely light, soft, and much less stiff compared to Douglas Fir. Which is in turn soft compared to most hardwoods.

So I wouldn’t use it for anything that requires much strength or hardness at all. FYI.

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#6 posted 01-04-2017 12:04 AM

The only knock for your application is that it is a soft, so if you have a bunch of kids it might look a little rough if they are the kind who do chin ups on the cabinet doors and drawers. I am out west so the species we have is Western Hemlock, I have no idea how it compares to Hemlock east of the Rockies. The vertical gain wood is beautiful and commonly used for widow trim, doors etc. Easy to work with.

-- Dr C

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