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Beautiful Trees To Hardwood Lumber

Feb 3, 2008
No matter what the project, it is important to know what kind of wood suits the project. It is important to know about the different woods and what they are used for. There are several different kinds of woods and their purposes vary accordingly. Hard wood lumber comes in many different strengths, colors, and grains.

Hardwood comes from trees that have broad leaves or produce nuts. Some of the trees that fit into this category include: Oak, Maple, Walnut, hickory, and cherry tree. These are the most common hard wood trees in North America, partially to do with the climate. Hardwood is the correct name for the lumber produced from these species. However, not all hardwood lumber is the same. To figure out what the characteristics, the industry has created a standardized code. The code is for the wood's strength and grade.

Under this classification, the hickory and Pecan are considered the strongest. The classification measurements are derived from how much pressure is necessary in order to mar the wood. For the hickory and Pecan the measurement is approximately 1,820 pounds of pressure. The softest of the wood is the Aspen. Although it is considered a hardwood, its measurement lies at a bout 350 pounds of pressure. Somewhere in between the two extremes is the hard maple which is 1,450 in addition to the white oak which is about 1,360 pounds. A little closer to the soft end of the scale is the cherry at about 950 pounds. The hardest woods are best used for flooring.

When using hardwood it is important to note that it adjusts to its environment. This means that it does contract and expand depending on the surrounding environment. Because it was once living, it is good to think that it continues to do so even after it is cut down. The wood is dried in a kiln in order to minimize this adjustment. It is important to keep the wood in the same shape as when it was manufactured.

Manufacturers of hardwood lumber take into consideration the changes in wood as well as the purpose and design. Take Windsor plywood for example is used most often as sub-flooring in addition to wall bases. Rough cut lumbers that can be used for almost any job include: Dunn, Carter, Lowes, and Siegel. To find hardwood, online stores will typically supply it manufactured as a floor finishing product. However, some research and consideration should always occur before purchasing hardwood for any project. The measurement classification, color, and purpose should all be taken into consideration. Although, it is important to note that any hardwood can be stained or painted to better suit the dcor and design of a house. The grain is perhaps the more important characteristic to pay attention to instead of color.
About the Author
Concentrating on latest news in rough cut hardwood, Linden Walhard wrote principally for http://www.insidewoodworking.com . On his site you can find his articles on rough cut lumber and rough cut hardwood.
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