Douglas Fir – Beams & Timbers Products
Our Douglas Fir is harvested from the Northwest and Canada. Depending on your particular needs we offer a wide range of grades and drying options. Douglas Firs strength and large sizes make it the right fit for many projects.
Sizes & Lengths
Sizes: from 4″x4″ up to 14″ x 18″ custom sizes upon request
Lengths: from 4’0″ to 36’0″
Available in resawn, roughsawn, or planed (S4S)
Select Structural, No. 1 and better, No 2 and better FOHC
KD which is in a convential kiln dries in about 2″.
RFKD – dried to 19 percent to the core of the timber.
Some finishes available upon request.
Contact our team today to inquire about our new wood beams & timber products and services. We have the inventory and timber experts you need to design, fabricate, and install premium quality wood for your next project.
Our wide selection of freshly sawn timbers can be purchased for interior and exterior use ranging from timber frames, decorative beam ceilings, trusses as well as pergolas and trellises. Our offering is wide ranging including different grades from knotty to clear and kiln drying options based on your needs and application.
Douglas Fir is a softwood best known for its dense grain, tough fiber, and excellent strength-to-weight ratio. It’s ideal for trusses, frames, pergolas, and other structural constructions.
Weighing around 31 pounds per cubic foot, Douglas Fir timbers are relatively heavier than most softwoods. Because of this, it tends to shrink more in drying than most lighter woods. It has a density of 530 kg/m3. When dried to 12% to 15% moisture content, its volumetric shrinkage is at 5.4%. But with a moisture content closer to the prevailing humidity, douglas fir timbers will stay well in place and won’t shrink or swell.
Depending on the tree’s age and location, a Douglas Fir timber’s color ranges from dark brown to pale yellow with darker growth rings. The heartwood is reddish-brown while the sapwood is much lighter and may sometimes appear as almost white. There’s also a stark contrast between the springwood and summerwood.
In general, Douglas Fir timbers have straight, plain grains with tight-knit patterns. But in flatsawn pieces, wavy or spiral patterns may also appear. It has a moderate natural luster and a medium to coarse texture. Its overall aesthetics, however, depends on the timber grade.
Aside from being on the heavier side, Douglas Fir is also one of the strongest softwoods. It scores 660 lbf (2,900 N) on the Janka hardness scale and has a modulus of elasticity (MoE) of 12.17 GPa. Compared to most softwoods, Douglas Fir timbers have one of the highest impact, bending, and compressive strength.
Scientific name: Pseudotsuga menziesii, Pseudotsuga taxifolia, Pseudotsuga douglasii
Other names: British Columbian pine, Columbian pine, Oregon pine
Another notable characteristic of Douglas Fir timber is its nail-holding ability. Its nail-withdrawal resistance is at 28 pounds per lineal inch. For most softwoods, the typical range is 17 to 39 pounds. This means that a seasoned stock can safely resist the withdrawal of eight-penny nails driven perpendicular to the grain. Douglas firs are also relatively easy to work with for both machine and hand tools.
In terms of finishing, Douglas Fir timbers are relatively easy to stain. Light stains and clear finish work best. Though rotary cut veneers tend to display gorgeous natural colors that staining is usually unnecessary.
Our freshly-sawn Douglas Fir beams and timbers are available in No. 1 and better, FOHC, and with drying options. In timber grading, no. 1 and better means that the wood is of fine appearance suitable for exposed uses and are ideal for use in almost all classes of heavy construction. Talk to our timber experts now!
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