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bob sacamano 08-11-2012 02:36 PM

douglas fir question
ive never worked with any soft wood less than 4x4 for furniture. once i made a base for a desk that holds up a 50 year old woodworking benchtop that came from a high school. but furniture is usually hardwood.

my question is -- if softwood isnt stable enough for furniture why is it used for doors ? im talking about douglas fir especially -- wont it warp ?

mdntrdr 08-11-2012 02:40 PM

CVG (Clear Vertical Grain) Doug Fir is very stable. :smile:

cabinetman 08-11-2012 05:04 PM


Originally Posted by mdntrdr (Post 366519)
CVG (Clear Vertical Grain) Doug Fir is very stable. :smile:

+1. :yes: Marine grade plywood is usually made from Douglas Fir (or Western Larch).


Bonka 08-11-2012 06:33 PM

I have a fire place mantle made from DF. It has been in the same spot for 10+ years and no warpage. It was prepped with hide glue sizing prior to dying then three coats of Waterlox.
I also made a chopsaw station with some componets made with DF. The station is in our unheated un A/C garage and no unusual wood movement.
It was years ago that I came across an 8/4 x 12' piece. I don't remember the cost then but I bet todays $ would give me hives.

Dave66 08-11-2012 08:47 PM

Doug fir can be very stable if it's dried correctly. I've worked on really old houses (1920's & 1930's) that were framed with doug fir that had gotten so hard that it was almost impossible to nail. Sinkers worked best, but drilling pilot holes was often needed.

mikeswoods 08-11-2012 09:01 PM

It makes nice looking furniture----

bob sacamano 08-13-2012 11:00 AM

thanks for the input guys !

Woodenhorse 08-13-2012 02:25 PM

DF is not as desirable due to aesthetics. You certainly can make furniture from almost any wood species you like. But the buying public determines what is successful.

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