Douglas fir is one of the world’s best timber producers and yields more timber than any other tree in North America. The wood is used for dimensional lumber, structural timbers, pilings, and plywood. The wood is also made into railroad ties, mine timbers, house logs, posts and poles, fencing, flooring, pulp, and furniture. Color: Can vary in color based upon age and location of tree. Usually a light brown color with a hint of red and/or yellow, with darker growth rings. In quartersawn pieces, the grain is typically straight and plain. In flatsawn pieces, (typically seen in rotary-sliced veneers), the wood can exhibit wild grain patterns. Grain: Generally straight, though wavy or curly grain is occasionally seen. Medium to coarse texture, with a decent natural luster. Characteristics: Typically machines well, but has a moderate blunting effect on cutters. Accepts stains, glues, and finishes well.