Specific Gravity of Wood

Specific gravity is the ratio of the density of wood to the density of water. A wood doesn't float, for example, if it's specific gravity is 1.00 or greater. We display the specific gravity for each of our woods using it's kiln-dried measurement when it's available. The trouble with this number is that the specific gravity of a wood changes with its moisture content. So use this number just as a ballpark guide to estimate how dense a wood is. We've also compared the number to that of red oak, as red oak is the most commonly used hardwood in North America. Hopefully that comparison will give you a close idea of how dense a particular wood is.

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