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(SOLVED!) What Woods Are Considered Softwoods?

Hardwood is considered the ultimate versatile material, with applications ranging from exquisite veneers and furniture, musical instruments, flooring, construction and boatbuilding 😎 It is a material of real beauty, available in countless combinations of species, specifications and colours 😊 The strength and durability of hardwoods is generally higher due to the complex and condensed structure. Oak, Teak Sapele, Iroko, Meranti and Teak are some of the most commonly used hardwood types. These hardwoods grow slower and take longer drying times. This increases the wood’s price. These woods have a higher resilience than softwoods so are best used in projects that will require long-lasting durability. Beech, walnut, and maple are often reserved for custom joinery, wood flooring, and crafting furniture. This is because they have specific aesthetic requirements, such as woodgrain and colourr. [1]
Different timber species are currently being used for exterior purposes. Applications in different countries is typically linked to factors such as local availabilityThe severity of the climate, historical colonial trade, and Our UK climate is warm and humid, but not too extreme for timber. Conversely, trees tend to grow These species grow very quickly in our climate, and so are of lower quality than those grown in colder regions. We import the majority of our timber to meet high-performance requirements, like joinery, due to limited areas available for forestry. We thank Lonzell Corley and all who shared their knowledge. [2]
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The specialists at wood-database.comNot to be confused with Quipo (Cavanillesia platanifolia), a hardwood, is frequently cited as being the softest wood. It has an alleged Janka Hardness of 22 Lbf (98 N). The wood was not included in this list due to two reasons. It is not easily available and it’s also not readily commercially accessible outside its natural habitat in Central/South America. Secondly, the purported hardness seems highly questionable, especially in light of the fact that Quipo seems to be very susceptible to rot, and on one USDA test, it was remarked that β€œthe results for quipo may have been influenced by the presence of considerable decay.” Furthermore, when comparing Quipo with Balsa, it has been shown that the two woods are virtually identical in hardness, with the absolute lowest recorded Janka hardness values, in the range of 20-35 lbf (89-156 N), were actually from Balsa, and not Quipo. Markcus Lovelace (Barcelona, Spain), last revised this information 93 days earlier. [3]
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Without exception, trees reproduce through the production of seeds. However, the characteristics of seeds from different trees are unique and this is what makes the distinction between softwood and hardwood. Angiosperms trees are those that can produce hardwood. These trees produce hardy seeds. The shells or skins of the seeds are either covered with wood, or they are not. These seeds can be fruit or nuts. These softwoods are derived from trees known as gymnosperms. These seeds have no cover, but they could fall to the ground. Ground in some form of protection eg. The hard cones from a pine tree are then distributed over large areas by the wind. [4]
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Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.laver.co.uk/blog/hardwood-vs-softwood-whats-the-difference/
  2. https://www.accoya.com/uk/hardwood-vs-softwood-hardwood-properties-durability-of-timber-in-construction/
  3. https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/top-ten-softest-woods/
  4. https://www.woodandbeyond.com/blog/the-difference-between-softwood-and-hardwood
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