Originally Posted by kwikfishron
Hemlock, CVG Fir, and Oak are about the only choices youíll find in Oregon that you can just buy off the shelf.
Oak is my first choice fallowed by the Fir. The Fir stains up nice if you condition it. Even conditioned Hemlock stains up to blotchy for my taste but itís done all the time. Never really had any splitting issues with gun nails.
Id suggest you buy a few feet of each, stain them up and then decide.
You wonít find the Fir in the box stores. Parr, Pro Build, and Lakeside Lumber should all have Fir in stock.
Ron, I should have said that I was hand nailing way back then, you are right a nail gun shouldn't split the Hemlock like the hand nails. I am with you on the Oak, I would sure go with that ahead of Hemlock or Fir.
While Oak is common down this way, it usually isn't bought off the shelf here, most common here is Fir, then some kind of Pine.