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#1 posted 01-16-2019 06:46 PM

I don’t know the I have a “go-to” wood. Over the years, I’ve built furniture from maple, mahogany, oak, cherry, ash and walnut, with a smattering of other stuff thrown in. I like them all. Each wood has its own working characteristics and it has been fun learning them. In my opinion, walnut and cherry are the easiest of our domestic woods to work. They’re not too hard, have relatively mild grain, they mill nicely and they are hand-tool friendly. Mahogany is the king of furniture woods and has been for several centuries. It is a dream to work with both machines and hand tools, and it is beautiful. But good mahogany is getting hard to find and it is very expensive. I think walnut and cherry are a very close seconds to Mahogany and they are plentiful and much more reasonably priced.

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