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woods template

Template-woods testing

impact test

Impact test results

wood flexibility test

Wood flexibility and memory test

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Ipod Amp Project
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Food Year7
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wood density test
Wood-density test
step-by-step halving joint step by step dovetail joint

Step by step dovetail joint

wood impact test
wood Wood




Student stuff...
man made boards

Man made boards

soft wood selector chart Soft wood selector chart
Testing page template
hard wood selector chart

Hard wood selector chart

wood quiz

Wood quiz

evaluation of wood finishes

Evaluation of wood finishes

working properties

working properties

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Analysing the Brief
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What is the difference between hardwoods and softwoods?

As it turns out, a hardwood is not necessarily a harder material (more dense) and a softwood is not necessarily a softer material (less dense). For example, balsa wood is one of the lightest, least dense woods there is, but it's a hardwood!

The distinction between hardwood and softwood actually has to do with plant reproduction. All trees reproduce by producing seeds, but the seed structure varies. Hardwood trees are angiosperms, plants that produce seeds with some sort of covering. This might be a fruit, such as an apple, or a hard shell, such as an acorn.

Softwoods, on the other hand, are gymnosperms. These plants let seeds fall to the ground as is, with no covering. Pine trees, which grow seeds in hard cones, fall into this category. In conifers like pines, these seeds are released into the wind once they mature. This spreads the plant's seed over a wider area.


Read more on hard and soft woods, and types of wood

Test your knowledge and try the quizzes in the "Quiz Box" on woods

RM-Joining Wood 4min)cutting wood quiz

Cutting wood quiz (4 minutes), click the image to start

RM- Cutting Wood 3minjoining wood quiz

Joining wood quiz (4 minutes), click the image to start

Adhesives and Finishes 4minAhevsives and finishes quiz

Adhesives and Finishes (4m), click the image to start

Quiz Boxquiz page