Doug Fir is one of the most common wood species in American Forests. This material is ideal for projects where strength is needed for a structural purpose. This is why you will often find it in projects such as pergolas, outdoor kitchens or covered areas.
Despite actually being a softwood, Douglas Fir boasts many characteristics of lumber that falls into the hardwood category.
Due to its durability and strength, Doug Fir is resistant to physical impacts. This makes it an excellent choice where accidental knicks and bumps can leave lasting damage. Less care needs to be taken to avoid damaging timbers than other softwoods.
Though resistant to moisture, Doug Fir lacks the natural oils of other wood products, such as Western Red Cedar, that keep it completely moisture resistant. Doug Fir still does well in wet areas but will need to be treated first and may require more maintenance. This is why you find Doug Fir used for structural purposes that are not directly exposed to the elements for extended periods of time like beams, trusses and poles.
Many furniture makers will also use this type of wood in their designs to provide a higher strength to weight ratio in their products.
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