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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 07-05-2015 06:02 PM 1475 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2015 06:02 PM

With tons of wood options out there and people using them all, what woods do you all just don’t like the look of no matter what it is made in to? Me personally I’m not a fan of any oak, some quarter sawn is alright but overall I just think it’s pretty bland. A fancier wood would be zebra wood, just don’t think it’s all that great, have seen some nice stuff made mixing it with others but overall I’m just like, ehh.

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 07:44 PM

Yeah, I’m not a fan of oak either. I don’t mind 1/4 sawn or riff sawn but I don’t like the look of flat sawn. Years as a trim carpenter and thousands of feet of oak trim have had it’s toll on me. And your right zebra wood can get over powering. Best left to accents. I’m also not a fan of pine.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 07:49 PM

I have a severe dislike for oak. I dislike pine, ash, any anything done in that “reclaimed” style.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 08:59 PM

For me it’s all relative to the project and/or the final desired outcome. For example…zebra wood has some interesting grain but can be over-whelming if used too much. Conversely…woods like pine, poplar, etc…while boring…serve a purpose as drawer bottoms and back panels. Not quite what was answered but just a few thoughts…

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 09:28 PM

I guess I am the odd man out. I like all of it, however, I have not been wood working long either just started after I was in a bombing in the middle east.

This is what I did with some plain wood and some Bloodwood too.

I now do mostly turning of which I teach other vets like me and I also teach some hand tool work.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 10:35 PM

Not a fan of Purple Heart, but the name sounds cool.

I do happen to be a fan of Zebra wood though, mostly for accents or a secondary wood.
Here is a desk I made of all Zebra wood. Overpowering? Too Much?

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 12:40 AM

woodust, That QS Zebrawood looks good with that design of desk (I knew there would be curves involved!). It’s the flat sawn zwood that I’m not fond of.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 01:08 AM

I’m with ScrubPlane and Arlin Eastman. I like pretty much all species, when the wood has an overwhelming grain pattern and or color variations, like Quilted Maple then maybe don’t use it as a main component but as an embellishment, play to the positives.

-- I meant to do that!

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 01:36 AM

I love oak, especially white oak after 5-8 years of seasoning outside. It is the most “esoteric” of woods after it ages.
It is the most durable and tough wood that endure hundreds years of abuse. Yes, it’s common fresh; but if you can hold on to it for 10 years or bury it in cow dung for two (6 months in chicken litter, you have a treasure to work with.


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#9 posted 07-06-2015 01:55 AM

I have a dislike for cheap pine (a la Home Depot 1x). Quality pine can be nice looking, but I don’t work with it.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 01:58 AM

I also don’t like oak. Unless of course it is tight grained quarter sawn stuff. I can deal with that. I also have no soft spot in my heart for that junk “select” pine. Some call it radiata. I call it crap. I do like old growth pine though. Same goes for fir and redwood.

Edit: I mean red oak. White oak, now that is a different story. That stuff lasts forever. ANYWHERE.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#11 posted 07-06-2015 05:08 AM

Does MDF even count as wood?

-- Ethan,

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#12 posted 07-06-2015 11:35 AM

Not a hug oak fan. It is mainly the red oak that I dislike. I am more amenable to white oak.

MrJinx – I’d like to see some pictures of your aged white oak. Do you have any?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#13 posted 07-06-2015 12:01 PM

Oak, pine, and poplar

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#14 posted 07-06-2015 12:14 PM

SYP. Just hate it. And oak. I have done so many red oak jobs that I just cant stand to look at it.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#15 posted 07-06-2015 03:51 PM

Woodust that is beautiful. It must have taken a lot of lumber. How did you fasten the legs to the top?

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