Uses for Aspen
From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
It is very regional. It is splinter-less and paints well. It is too soft for most areas that would subject to getting hit - table tops, legs, cabinets. It can be used for toys, mouse traps, snow fences, etc. Prices are low for most of the wood, as most is No.2 Common or worse. You need to sell all grades to make it.
From contributor M:
I cut aspen in Northern British Columbia and make most of it into T&G V-joint wall panel. The top end, clears (FAS), and selects I pull and make into moldings and other high end uses - kitchen cabinets. Gene is right; you have to sell the whole log to get the full return. My markets are very local. Aspen wall panel seems to be a regional thing. Alberta and the Western US (Colorado, Montana etc.) seem to be a strong market for it too.
From contributor C:
We used Aspen a couple of years ago to make sauna seats and backrests. As Gene said it is splinter-less, so there were no slivers on ones back or behind when sitting. It seems to fuzz rather than splinter. As for the grade, we bought #2 common.
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