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#1 posted 11-05-2013 04:36 PM

I would start with a wood you really like, preferably a hardwood. Although poplar is technically a hardwood, as is any deciduous tree, it is on the extreme soft side of the spectrum. It dents easily, and doesn’t stain as consistently as oak. It seems about as dense as hemlock.
I like quartersawn white oak, and quartersawn red oak best. They have excellent dimensional stability because they are quartersawn, so are less likely to cup or warp. They take oil based stains consistently, with no need for a pre-stain conditioner.
Cherry is a little trickier to work. I like it now that I have figured out the quirks. Use a thin kerf blade when cutting cherry to avoid burn marks. Use a pre-stain conditioner such as a 3:2 washcoat of denatured alcohol to shellac Seal Coat. This washcoat will prevent blotching when the stain is applied. Nothing looks worse than a dark oil based stain rubbed on raw cherry. Learn the tricks, and cherry can be a good one.

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