Physical Properties and Moisture Relations of Wood

The versatility of wood is demonstrated by a wide
variety of products. This variety is a result of a
spectrum of desirable physical characteristics or
properties among the many species of wood. In many cases,
more than one property of wood is important to the end
product. For example, to select a wood species for a product,
the value of appearance-type properties, such as texture, grain
pattern, or color, may be evaluated against the influence of
characteristics such as machinability, dimensional stability,
or decay resistance.