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What type of wood is Douglas fir?
Last Updated: 23rd March, 2020
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Consequently, is Douglas fir hard or soft wood?
Pines, firs, cedars—these are gymnosperms, or softwood trees. Douglas fir falls in the gymnosperm, or softwood category. However, if what you're really asking is whether or not Douglas fir is a tough, strong building material, the answer is yes—it's widely known as a very durable wood.
is Douglas fir better than pine? Fir has tight, close grain lines. Pine has broad grain lines that wander, making it far weaker than fir. The soft wood between the grain lines shrinks and expands, making the wood cup or twist. For stability and strength, fir is much less prone to warping or twisting, and much stronger than pine.
Regarding this, what is Douglas fir wood good for?
Structurally, it is used in the form of lumber, timbers, pilings and plywood. Douglas-fir is also used to produce a wide variety of products including general millwork, flooring, furniture, cabinets and veneer. This species has excellent strength properties and is well known for its workability.
How Long Will Douglas fir last outside?