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    Hemlock

    I have a chance to buy 10 pcs of 1x8x10 hemlock for $80.00.
    Its been air drying for 5 or 6 years. It appears to be fairly clear but its hard to tell since its rough sawn.
    Question is, although I've heard of hemlock I've never heard of what type of projects its good for. Any ideas?
    I mainly build early American and shaker style furniture and use mostly pine, maple and some cherry.

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    Hemlock
    This wood variety is lightweight and machines well. Being nonresinous, it is uniformly textured and has low resistance to decay. It is used for construction lumber, planks, doors, boards, paneling, sub flooring and crates.

    That's all I could find.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Works out to about $1.80/bf. Doesn't seem like a particularly good price for what is, mainly, construction lumber or 'paint grade' trim lumber.

    I'd take a pass... YMMV
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

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    thanks guys, I think i'll pass on the hemlock. Doesn't sound like anything very useful for my needs.

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    Around here air dried hemlock goes for .90 bft.

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