Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is found throughout the southern half of British Columbia and is one of Canada’s strongest commercial softwoods
This species ranges in colour from light in the sapwood to yellowish-reddish-brown in the heartwood. The grain is defined and has a distinctive pattern when flat sawn. The wood is fine to medium texture, straight grain, and non-porous.
Douglas Fir has high bending strength, shear strength, and stiffness. It is a hard species and is best suited for uses where wear and tear are factors. The heartwood of Douglas Fir is moderately decay resistant.
This softwood lumber dries well and has good dimensional stability. It machines well, making it easy to work with, and is a great option for projects that require stability and strength.