Douglas fir is valued globally for its extraordinary strength to weight ratio, making it the ultimate choice for heavy structural purposes like post and beam construction. It is also a preferred choice for glue laminated beams (gluglam), doors, general millwork, etc.
Western hemlock features a fine texture and a straight, uniform grain. This species is seasoned uniformly in dry kilns to improve its strength and stiffness, and to enhance its resistance to decay and insect attack. It offers a wide array of applications, ranging from mouldings and interior wood working to general construction, roof decking and plywood.
Western Red Cedar is highly recommended for outdoor furniture. The wood exhibits outstanding decay and termite resistance along with dimensional stability, which means it resists the natural tendency to crack and check as you might find in many other wood species.
Yellow cedar is fine textured and straight grained and its natural extractives make it a decay resistant wood that is aromatic when cut. Due to its various natural characteristics, yellow cedar is widely used for shingles, poles, marine pilings, oars and paddles, decorative panelling, mouldings and cabinet work.
The spruce pine fir group is a mix of Engelmann spruce, Logdepole Pine and subalpine fir. SPF ha a high strength to weight ratio and is primarily used for framing in North American housing. Due to its dimensional stability and superior gluing properties, SPF is used extensively in the flat packed furniture industry.