Strength and durability are the top two reasons you would choose a specific type of lumber, but at O'Leary Building Centre we want you to like the look of what you build. Each wood has its own distinct grain and colour, and will be classified as either soft or hardwood.
|Type of Wood||Trees||Uses||Tension & Shear|
|Softwood||Pine, spruce, cedar, fir, larch, douglas fir, etc.||Woodware, building homes/cabins and furniture||Strong in tension but weak in shear|
|Hardwood||Mahogany, teak, walnut, oak, ash, elm, aspen, poplar, birch, maple, etc.||Construction, furniture, flooring, and utensils||Strong in compression, tension and shear