The Hardness of Hardwoods|
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Hardwood can be ranked by hardness tests, stability (expansion-contraction) and, of course, price. In the chart below, low numbers indicate harder wood, more stability and lower cost.
|Species ||Hardness Rank ||Stability Rank ||Cost Multiplier |
|White Oak ||12 ||5 ||1X |
|Red Oak ||15 ||4 ||1.30X |
|Maple ||10 ||6 ||1.50X |
|Brazilian Cherry ||1 ||9 ||1.75X |
|Birch ||16 ||7 ||1.30X |
|Douglas Fir ||23 ||12 ||1.75X |
|Ash ||13 ||10 ||1.50X |
|Beech ||14 ||1 ||1.50X |
Source: NWFA PUB. NO. A200
Want the most floor for your money?? Use clear white OAK.
For higher stability, order quarter sawn lumber. (ADD .25X to cost multiplier)
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