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05-05-2014 06:21 PM


What type of wood do you prefer to use for all your projects?

And Why ?

Pictures of your projects welcome

Thanks for your response

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 08:23 PM

I’d ‘prefer’ lacewood, bubinga and birdseye maple amongst others that are also out of my price range.

I use mostly use walnut, cherry, birch, cedar and fir. All seem easy to work and the walnut cherry and birch look nice when finished.

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 08:34 PM

Beautiful color, super easy to work with and smells nice. :-)
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#3 posted 05-05-2014 08:41 PM

Old cypress

Because it looks great with discolorations, wormholes, pecks, and it’s good for outdoors.

(And my family has a crapload of it I can get for free. )

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 08:53 PM

i prefer walnut,love working with it.
i like cedar and cherry also,nothing beats the look of cedar when finished.

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 09:57 PM

Whatever is laying on the shelf. You won’t find a scrap of wood in my shop that wasn’t harvested within 100 miles of my house. RO, WO, Cherry, Walnut, poplar, maple, hickory, and ash when it comes around.

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 10:05 PM

“What type of wood do you prefer?”


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#7 posted 05-05-2014 10:20 PM

Yeah buddy!

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 10:23 PM

I quite like Curly maple and african mahogany. They go great together, and they are a joy to work with.

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 10:49 PM

Any type that’s free. ;o)

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 11:05 PM

Walnut for me

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#11 posted 05-05-2014 11:16 PM

American Black Cherry for me. I really enjoy the use of the wood, and the colors it becomes as it ages.. I enjoy the fire grain (curly cherry) and I love it when I find a piece with bark inclusions… and it looks good with any other wood.

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#12 posted 05-06-2014 12:00 AM

I really haven’t built enough to pick one. I do know one wood that I don’t particularly like, and that’s Oak. Yup, call me weird, but, it kinda screws with me a bit. I’ll still work with it and build some stuff with it tho.

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#13 posted 05-06-2014 12:00 AM


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#14 posted 05-06-2014 12:06 AM

I like white oak. It may be a little tougher to mill than the softer woods, but once the finish goes on…ohhh the payoff.

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#15 posted 05-06-2014 05:37 AM

I really don’t have any preference but my wallet does!

Since I have a lot of 100 year old red oak I will use that first unless the project really begs for something else.
In those cases I like maple, cherry, poplar, and of course the expensive ones like paduak, bubinga, zebra-wood, all of which I have pieces for small project.

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