The Aspen Family

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Big Tooth Aspen

Scientific Name: Populus grandidentata
Location: northeastern North America
Dried Weight: 27lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 420lbf
Crushing Strength: 5300lbf /in2

Big Tooth Aspen has heartwood that is light brown and a wide sapwood that is a pale yellow to nearly white. The grain is straight and the medium texture is uniform. Aspen has a low natural lustre and an end grain that is diffuse-porous. Aspen is rated as non-durable when it comes to decay. It is easy to work with and glues and finishes well. It has poor nail holding properties.

 

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European Aspen

Scientific Name: Populus tremula
Location: temperate regions of Euorpe and Asia
Dried Weight: 28lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 380lbf
Crushing Strength: 5,075lbf /in2

European Aspen has heartwood that is light brown and a wide sapwood that is a pale yellow to nearly white. The grain is straight and the medium texture is uniform. Aspen has a low natural lustre and an end grain that is diffuse-porous. Aspen is rated as non-durable when it comes to decay. It is easy to work with and glues and finishes well. It has poor nail holding properties.
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Quaking Aspen

Scientific Name: Populus tremuloides
Location: Canada & Northern USA
Dried Weight: 26lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 350lbf
Crushing Strength: 4,200lbf /in2

Quaking Aspen has heartwood that is light brown and a wide sapwood that is a pale yellow to nearly white. The grain is straight and the medium texture is uniform. Aspen has a low natural lustre and an end grain that is diffuse-porous. Aspen is rated as non-durable when it comes to decay. It is easy to work with and glues and finishes well. It has poor nail holding properties.

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