Name Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Type Softwood.
Other Names Also known as Douglas spruce, coast Douglas-fir, Douglas yew, blue Douglas-fir, Oregon pine, red fir, and red spruce.
Sources Grows in western United States and Canada; introduced to UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
Appearance Generally straight, sometimes wavy grained with a medium to fairly coarse texture. Yellowish to orange-red heartwood and whitish to reddish white sapwood. Typically free of knots.
Physical Props Quite variable in terms of color, weight, strength and working properties but frequently of average weight with moderate to high strength, moderate shock resistance, and high stiffness. Somewhat brittle and susceptible to splitting (poor for steam bending).
Working Props Works fairly easily by machine but requires sharp hand tools. Good turning properties. Glues, screws, and nails satisfactorily. Stains and varnishes easily but takes paint poorly.
Uses Plywood, paneling, trim, cooperage, tanks, ship knees, silos, studs, joists, laminated beams and arches, boxes, crates, pallets, and flooring.
Comments One of the most important woods in the world for construction plywood.