Wood Identification

This is a short overview on wood identification. Looking at the difference between hardwoods, softwoods, and manufactured lumber. Some examples are Cherry, Fir, Pine, Walnut.
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18 Replies to “Wood Identification”

  1. Technically the terms 'hard' or 'soft' wood have nothing to do with the wood's actual hardness or toughness, but rather what kind of seeds the tree produces. Balsa, 100 lbf, while rather soft wood is technically classified as a hardwood because of how it produces it's seeds. On the other hand Yew is technically classified as a softwood but is actually stronger and tougher than some oaks. The softest wood is the Quepo tree with a Janka rating of 22 lbf but is actually classified as a hardwood because of the way it produces it's seeds. As a contrast, the Australian Buloke tree has an lbf of 5060 with common Hickory only hitting 1820 lbf. Cutting a piece of Buloke is said to be like trying to cut a rock.

  2. A much better way to put woods into groups us Angiosperm vs Gymnosperm.

    Also what cedar was that? There is not a wood you put out there that I would use outside except the pine, and then, only pressure treated

  3. In the south, southern yellow pine is a good choice if you need structural strength; it is much denser than fir.

  4. MDF ( fiber board ) swells up if it ever gets wet or used in a high humidity area.
    Nothing made out of this junk ever lasts.
    OSB ( flake board ) is a bit better, but it's still junk.

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