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Douglas Fir


The finest builders, carpenters and craftsmen have long prized the exceptional qualities of Douglas Fir. Its handsome appearance and durability continue to be featured in many of today's finest residential and commercial buildings. Douglas Fir is produced in accordance with the sustainable forest management practices of western North America to ensure a lasting and affordable supply of this extraordinary wood.

Scientific Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii

Distribution: The range of the Douglas Fir extends from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, and from Mexico to central British Columbia. Production comes from North California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Sapwood: Narrow in old growth trees, but up to 3" wide in second growth trees of commercial size

Heartwood: Young trees of moderate to rapid growth can have reddish heartwood and are called red-fir. The heartwood of old-growth trees can vary from a yellowish to a tan color.

Durability: Rated as medium durability. In exterior applications, it should be treated for maximum life.

Workability: Easy to work but with a tendency to splinter; always use sharp tooling when cutting or milling. Nails easily.

Common Uses: Mostly used for building and construction purposes in the form of lumber, timbers, piles and plywood. Also used in the manufacture of various products such as sash, doors, laminated beams, and general millwork. Clear grade material is typically used for flooring, windows, doors, furniture, and cabinets.