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Wood Properties and Uses

The following information is provided for each wood: common name, scientific name, geographic sources, appearance, physical properties, woodworking properties, and uses.

Afzelia
Agba
Alaska-cedar
Albizia
Alder, Common
Alder, red
Ash, black
Ash, white
Aspen, quaking
Australian oak
Ayan
Baldcypress
Balsa
Basswood
Beech, American
Beech, European
Birch, European
Birch, paper
Birch, yellow
Blackbean
Blackwood, African
Blackwood, Australian
Boxwood
Brazilwood
Buckeye, yellow
Butternut
California-laurel
Catalpa, northern
Cedar, true
Cedar, South American
Ceylon Satinwood
Cherry, black
Cherry, European
Chestnut, American
Chestnut, European
Coachwood
Cocobolo
Cottonwood, Eastern
Cypress, East African
Degame
Dogwood, flowering
Douglas-fir
Ebony, African
Ebony, East Indian
Elm, American
Elm, European
Elm, rock
Elm, slippery
Fir, balsam
Fir, white
Freijo
Gaboon
Guarea
Hackberry
Hemlock, eastern
Hemlock, western
Hickory, pecan
Hickory, shagbark
Holly, American
Honeylocust
Hophornbeam
Hornbeam, European
Horse Chestnut
Incense-cedar
Iroko
Jarrah
Jelutong
Karri
Katsura
Kingwood
Larch, European
Larch, western
Lignumvitae
Lime, European
Locust, black
Madrone, Pacific
Magnolia
Mahogany, African
Mahogany, American
Maple, Bigleaf
Maple, red
Maple, sugar
Mesquite
Muhuhu
Muninga
Oak, red
Oak, white
Osage-orange
Ovangkol
Padauk, African
Pau Marfim
Pear
Persimmon
Pine, eastern white
Pine, Kauri
Pine, Parana
Pine, ponderosa
Pine, southern yellow
Pine, sugar
Pine, western white
Poplar
Port-Orford cedar
Purpleheart
Queensland walnut
Ramin
Redcedar, eastern
Redcedar, western
Redwood
Rosa Peroba
Rosewood, Brazilian
Rosewood, Indian
Sapele
Sassafras
Spruce, Sitka
Sweetgum
Sycamore
Sycamore plane
Teak
Teak, Rhodesian
Tulipwood, Brazilian
Tupelo, black
Utile
Walnut, black
White-cedar, Atlantic
White-cedar, northern
Willow
Yellow-poplar
Yew, European
Yew, Pacific


References

Constantine, A. 1975. Know Your Woods. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York.

Feirer, J. L. 1982. Cabinetmaking and Millwork. Second Edition, Revised. Bennett Publishing Company, Peoria, IL.

Flynn, J. H., J. Arno and M. Kline. 1994. A Guide to Useful Woods of the World. King Philip Publishing Company, Portland, ME.

Jackson, A. and D. Day. 1991. Good Wood Handbook: The Woodworker's Guide to Identifying, Selecting and Using the Right Wood. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London.

Panshin, A.J. and C. deZeeuw. 1980. Textbook of Wood Technology, 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill Series in Forest Resources. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York.

R. Bruce Hoadley. 1980. Understanding Wood. A Fine Woodworking Book. The Taunton Press, Newtown, CT.

Lincoln, W., A. Walker, et al. 1989. The Encyclopedia of Wood. Facts on File Books.   Quarto Publishing plc, London.

Forest Products Laboratory. 1999. Wood Handbook - Wood as an Engineering Material. Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-113.  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI.

WOOD Magazine. 1993. Classic Woodworking Woods And How to Use Them. Better Homes and Gardens WOOD Magazine. Meredith Books, Des Moines, IA.

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