Hemlock Wood

Hemlock Wood

Information on hemlock wood and its use in woodworking and finishing.

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¶ A wood which is quite extensively used for exterior construction. It is a coarse, rough, soft wood with open grain. When well seasoned it is light in weight and in color. It warps badly and splits. A pile of it in the hot sun will literally crawl all over the lot. The western hemlock is better as a rule than the eastern and middle-west product.

¶ This wood is not as easy to paint well as some others. It absorbs the paint unevenly in spots and the paint upon it dries slowly. The paint must be well brushed into the wood to gain good anchorage. Hemlock is not used for interior trim lumber.

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