J& W Lumber specializes in Rough Douglas Fir from small 2x2’s to 12x12 and larger in lengths exceeding 30 feet. Straight grained and exceptionally strong Douglas Fir is one of the most dominant species in America’s northwest forests. It is typically tight knotted and close-grained which add beauty to its structure. Check out this video about our Doug Fir Partner C&D Lumber.
Rough Doug Firs stiffness and durability make it ideal for outdoor or indoor structural applications. A perfect choice for those wanting a heavy grain, rough texture for patio covers or outdoor structures, Rough Doug Fir is an excellent choice when painting or staining. Versatile it is and Doug Fir is often resawn or surfaced and used for flooring and paneling as well as for fine trim in doors and windows.
Douglas Fir is known for its distinctive grain patterns, produced by the varying degrees of spring and summer wood in the grain. The color differences between the two range from yellowish to reddish brown. Douglas Fir is often used in flooring and ages to a warm orange-brown color and is ideal for rooms with bright sun.
Douglas Fir - A Brief History and Science lesson
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is not really a true fir at all, it is a distinct species named after Archibald Menzies, a Scottish physician and naturalist who first discovered the tree on Vancouver Island in 1791, and David Douglas, the Scottish botanist who later identified the tree in the Pacific Northwest in 1826. Douglas Fir is North America’s most plentiful softwood species, accounting for roughly one fifth of the continent’s total softwood reserves. Seems to me Archibald got the short end of this stick because no one remembers the scientific name and David’s namesake carries on strongly today.
Douglas-fir trees grow from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast and from Mexico to central British Columbia. Douglas-fir production mainly comes from the states of Oregon, Washington, and California.
When architects and engineers look for the best in structural lumber, their first choice repeatedly is Douglas Fir. It is dimensionally stable and universally recognized for its superior strength-to-weight ratio. Its high specific gravity (density) provides excellent nail and plate-holding ability. The species also enjoys a documented superior performance against strong forces resulting from natural phenomena such as winds, storms and earthquakes. It is truly the ideal structural and general purpose wood for framing lumber in residential, light commercial, multistory and industrial construction.
These physical working properties, as well as to the moderate durability of its heartwood and its excellent dimensional stability, provide the reasons many builders use Douglas Fir as the standard against which all other framing lumber is judged.