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post #1 of 8 Old 08-11-2012, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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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 ?

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-11-2012, 02:40 PM
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CVG (Clear Vertical Grain) Doug Fir is very stable.

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CVG (Clear Vertical Grain) Doug Fir is very stable.
+1. Marine grade plywood is usually made from Douglas Fir (or Western Larch).






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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.
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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.
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It makes nice looking furniture----
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thanks for the input guys !

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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.

Those who say it cannot be done should stay out of the way of the people doing it.
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