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Hemlock (Western) - Tsuga heterophylla

Hemlock is a softwood with straight fine-textured grain that lacks pitch or resin. With little variance between its heartwood and sapwood it is a nearly uniform buff color. Very durable with little tendency to cup, check or twist. Machines, nails, screws and glues well, and can be stained to a very good finish. Outdoor use requires preservative treatment. It has a Janka Hardness rating of 540 and is relatively inexpensive.

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