How to Choose The Right Wood For Your Woodworking Projects

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Blog entry by TableSawDoctor posted 11-20-2014 06:01 PM 2383 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

There are many different and high quality species of wood accessible for your woodworking projects. The useful tips in this article will help you to make the best decision. Many species of wood are available and each has its own properties. With all the factors involved, including quality, grade, cost, grain, color, durability and availability you might get lost. If you’re not sure about how to choose the right wood for your next project you should keep reading. The type of wood you choose determines the beauty and strength of your work.

Before you rush out shopping here are some useful tips for choosing wood:

1. You have to know what you’re building first

What you need to know is precise plan of your building issue before you select your wood. If your project involves fine furniture crafting than mahogany is a medium-dense hardwood which is excellent for that. Woods from deciduous trees such as walnut, mahogany, cherry, oak, and teak are called hardwoods. They are characterized by a fine, compact grain, durability, and heavy weight, which makes these woods ideal for furniture construction and flooring. Softwoods can be a fine choice when building furniture indoors such as cabinets for the woodshop, painted projects etc., but should probably be avoided when you intend to use stain for the finish or want to use the completed piece to be employed inside the house.

2. Choose between hardwood or softwood

Most woodworkers prefer hardwoods because colors, textures, and grain patterns. Some hardwoods are becoming very hard to find, so it drives the price of the wood so high that making furniture out of it is out of the question for most woodworkers. Hardwoods are the staple materials for the woodworker, particularly those who focus on fine woodworking projects such as furniture. However, the term hardwood can be a bit deceiving, as it has less to do with the “hardness” of the material than the species of the tree from which the lumber is harvested. When preparing to build a project, the choice of which hardwood material to use can be a daunting question. To make it easier, start with determining how you want to finish the project. Will you stain or paint it? If you choose paint for your finish, you won’t want to waste your money on woods known for their color and beauty when stained, so avoid richly-colored species such as oak, maple, walnut or mahogany. Poplar would be a much better choice. They should be able to help you determine how each species will look when finished, which will go a long way toward refining your decision.

3. Prize of wood

Each woodworking project costs. While common types of wood are relatively inexpensive, the cost of more rare kinds of wood can make many woodworking projects beyond the scope of practicality for the average hobbyist. Knowing where to buy good wood for woodworking projects can not only stretch a crafter’s dollar to the extreme, but can also allow a hobbyist the opportunity to attempt more projects and attempt ones that are more difficult and aesthetically pleasing.

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 09:03 PM

Hmmm… google many of these sentences in quotation marks and you’ll find them someplace on the web written by someone else.

for example:

At this 2007 site

this sentence in #2 for example…. and many others.

“Hardwoods are the staple materials for the woodworker, particularly those
who focus on fine woodworking projects such as furniture. However, the term
hardwoodcan be a bit deceiving,”

So… what gives?

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