I want to do a recount of all the woods I have worked with and let you know which one is my favorite so far in terms of how easy it is to work it, how straight does it stay, how good it looks finished and how good it smells even. I would like to know your favorite and why. thanks
Maple- Hard to work with hand tools but I like that it is so strong in my pieces. They turn out really sturdy. I use this the most because it is so inexpensive
South american mahogany- Really dense and easy to work with but I could only get small pieces of it. Made an electric guitar out of it..Will post it later.
Padauk- Used it once so far and like the finish of it. It drills so easy and hand tools worked well on it but it checks easy
Blood wood – So dense- I liked that it has that heavy feel to it and how it looks. It chips easily though and it was hard to use handtools on it. And it is so expensive I didn’t want to run it on the power tools to square up the stock.
Walnut- Like the smell it makes when I rip it- Don’t like that it has a lot of knots and the hand tools don’t work great on the parts with changing grain. It seems to me that the same board alternates grain and densities and it makes it a bit unpredictable.
Oak- don’t like the smell it has. It builds so straight it is great for cabinets and framework but I don’t like the pores so open.
Pine- Great favorite of mine. It reminds me of my pa- He would only work with pine. I like it how it smells and that it is cheap. I don’t like working it with hand tools because soft wood is so delicate and all the mistakes show up.
Birch- Same a maple but I didn’t like the grain as much.
Ebony- Can’t beat it. I only wish one could have acces to bigger boards. The color is amazing. It works great with handtools.
Cedar- I love how it smells and that it is light. If I get the stuff that doesn’t have as many knots I really like the texture of the pieces I make.
Poplar- It is really oily and hard. I didn’t like working with it because it twists so easy and it is so hard to cut into. I like the way it stains.
Wenge- Beautiful color but it is so brittle and splinters like hell. I cut myself up handling wenge.
Cherry- My favorite because it is strong enough. Planes with the right amount of pushback. Doesn’t splinter, finishes very nicely and it is not terribly expensive compared to the exotics.