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Wood: alternative species for Oehler house?

 
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Mike Oehler's engineering tables spec out the girders and beams to be Fir / Larch.

Can I use those engineering tables with other types of wood? Does it make a big difference what type of tree you use? Are hardwoods or softwoods better?
 
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