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What is Fir Board? Answered

Is Fir Board some kind of compressed wood? And if so, can it be made from differrent types of wood or is it usually Pine? I couldn't find anything about it in Wikipedia.

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gmoon (author)2011-08-03

What is "fir?"

As in what is Douglas Fir? It's a medium-weight softwood, heavier than pine, with decent rot resistance...

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bertus52x11 (author)gmoon2011-08-03

I have red it in an I'ble, it stated just "fir board" (it was a shelve). I just wondered if it's a type of wood or a production process (compressing).
Your answer suggests that it's a type of wood...unless other "fir" types of wood exist...

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sublingual (author)bertus52x112011-08-04

It's just a type of wood--it is sometimes sold in the US as "whitewood". If pine boards are all you have access to, I'm sure it will be fine. Note that fir/whitewood is only suggested for use in indoor applications--it doesn't weather well.

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gmoon (author)sublingual2011-08-04

Douglas Fir, at least, has really good rot resistance (especially the heartwood). PDF citation. Typical dimensional "whitewood" does not.

Still I think the OP isn't in the US, so something besides Fir will work fine...

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Goodhart (author)2011-08-03

NOT to be mistaken for THIS FIR board :-)  
Found in chapter 4 page 1  and page 45 (topic 4-10)  all this is in the PORTEGE M100 Maintenance Manual  :-)   and it all is totally irrelavent to your query.  

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bertus52x11 (author)Goodhart2011-08-03

Are you trying to confuse me?
You know what they say: "If you can't convince them, confuse them"!
:-)

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Goodhart (author)bertus52x112011-08-03

Well, I was just adding in the "other" type of "fir board" I'd heard of :-)

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bertus52x11 (author)Goodhart2011-08-03

BTW, are you wearing the new Instructables sweater I'm waiting for too?

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Goodhart (author)bertus52x112011-08-03

Well, this is more like a "jacket", although it is made of Fleece (combed cotton), which breaths very well. I really love it

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kelseymh (author)2011-08-03

Fir is not pine. They are different trees. Did you even try typing the word "Fir" into Wikipedia's search box? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir

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bertus52x11 (author)kelseymh2011-08-03

Ok, I'm beginning to understand. The word " Fir" relates to the type of wood and not to the production method?

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Lithium Rain (author)bertus52x112011-08-03

(No disrespect, but is English your mother tongue?)

Yes. A fir is a type of tree.

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bertus52x11 (author)Lithium Rain2011-08-03

No, it's not my mother tongue.
(but how could this be disrespectful?)

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Goodhart (author)bertus52x112011-08-03

She was being courteous, as some people take offense at being asked that (*shrug* I know, there are all kinds :-)

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kelseymh (author)bertus52x112011-08-03

Yes, indeed! "Fir" is the generic name of a number of different evergreen trees (that is, they're related to pine trees, but are not the same). In the U.S., besides lumber, fir trees are most commonly grown for use as Christmas trees.

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