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#1 posted 01-07-2013 04:24 AM

My dad usually used pine, because it was cheap. So did I, for a while. But pine isn’t as easy a wood to work with as you might think. It’s so soft that only the sharpest tools cut it without crushing or tearing it. Even on a table saw, you won’t get as crisp and even a cut as you would with a hardwood. Poplar is probably the closest thing to pine as far a cost is concerned. It’s not much harder, yet cuts with edged tools much better. Around here (Pacific N.W.) it’s not particularly cheap, especially at Home Depot or Lowes. True lumber yards, if you have such, are way better, and all you have to do is ask for help and advice from the staff. Unlike the drones in the big box stores, they usually actually know something about what they are selling, and in this dicey economy, don’t blow off the customer they way the Box store guys do (if they disappear when going to check something out for you, they probably went on break or went home). I’ve had big box guys do a 180 when they see me coming, and vanish from sight. Come on, I’m not that cranky a customer (though maybe it sounds that way).
Anyhow, good luck getting into your project, and many more to come.

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