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Aspen

Straight grained with a fine, uniform texture. Grayish white to grayish brown heartwood and lighter coloured sapwood.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Canada and Northern United States

Scientific Name

Populus tremuloides

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.35

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.42

Janka Hardness

350

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood tends to be a light brown. Wide sapwood is a pale yellow to nearly white, and isnt clearly demarcated, tending to gradually blend into the heartwood.

Grain/Texture

Grain is generally straight, with a uniform medium texture. Low natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; medium pores in no specific arrangement, moderately numerous to numerous; parenchyma marginal; narrow rays, spacing fairly close.

Rot Resistance

Rated as non-durable, and also susceptible to insect attack.

Workability

Easy to work with hand and machine tools, though sharp cutters are necessary when planing to avoid fuzzy surfaces, (subsequent fine-sanding may be necessary to obtain a smooth surface). Does not split easily, and has poor nail-holding capability. Wood has a tendency to warp and distort during drying. Glues and finishes well.

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Quaking Aspen.

Pricing/Availability

Aspen is commonly harvested as lumber, and is used for pulpwood in paper manufacture. Wide planks of Aspen lumber should be available within its natural range for a modest price.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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