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    Default Need help picking wood types

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    I was wondering if anyone could tell me the benefits of different types of wood for a vert lam core in a board. I would like to know about birch, red oak, poplar. I was also wondering about paulownia, as i will detail some concerining issues below
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    Another thing i need to know is i found a lumber yard with paulownia stock near me, but they gave me a sample piece, and i stood on it, and it effortlessly split down the middle. first bad example, i also found the piece was joined together by a tapered finger joint, which leads me to believe that the rest of their stock is the same way, brittle, bad quality pieces. How do i spot good quality wood?
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    Default Re: Need help picking wood types

    P.s. the paulownia in question is untreated, simply given a white base coat of paint

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    Default Re: Need help picking wood types

    Why don't you use the proven stuff? Maple, bamboo or birch? If you can get your hands on birch try it. It is the lighter wood and I believe ideal for vlam, especially if you are considering composite reinforcement.
    Also you should get natural/raw woods. You got painted wood?

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    Default Re: Need help picking wood types

    Birch was my next choice if i saw any problems with the pauliownia. I was just interested in paulownia, it seemed like it would be interesting to see what results it would yield

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    Default Re: Need help picking wood types

    Poplar would be my choice for vert lam. Poplar is very stable, easy to machine, reasonably priced and is proven. Red oak seems a little on the heavy and dense side. Haven't used aspen and paulownia. I guess the question here is what are you encasing the core in? You can use just about anything if the shell around it is properly constructed. I have used balsa as a core and it worked fine. The strength was in the layup not the core....
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    Default Re: Need help picking wood types

    I wanna try and encase the core in some crossgrain plies of 1/16 maple, and some triax carbon or fiberglass from drang


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