Though hardwood comes from broad-leafed, deciduous trees, and softwood from evergreens, hardwood isn't necessarily harder or more difficult to work than softwood. When we describe a wood as being hard, we generally mean that the wood isnt easily dented or bruised on the end grain or face. So, for example, when a table design suggests that you build the surface from a wood that is hard, it means that you need to search out a wood that will resist surface impact. It could be a hard-surfaced softwood.

left: End-grain pine with clearly defined annular rings - good for strength.

AROvf: Some woods are specifically chosen for their bending qualities.

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