|Forum topic by Jeison||posted 12-24-2009 12:32 AM||1039 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-24-2009 12:32 AM
What I’d like to find is some kind of reference on wood, like explaining different properties of different species, anything I might need to know about working one type vs another, and especially what makes one type particularly well suited for a certain type of project over another. (I have several “cheat sheets” from magazines that give some really basic info, but it doesnt give much more than “maple is best for benchtops” kind of stuff, while I want to learn the WHY of things)
Since this coming spring I want to kick things into high gear and really get going on building my workshop, I started checking out the local home supply stores to see what kinds of materials they had and prices and such. Unfortuanetly there’s no place for raw lumber within 250 miles, but I live about 15mins away from Menards, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, so mostly what I have access to is maple, oak, pine, birch and generic whitewood, in a huge array of dimensioned and sheet sizes.
So what I want to learn is just what are the differences between them, llike for example when I’m building some storage cabinets why should I choose one over another, etc. Then later on when I’ve built up my skills (and gotten a planer/jointer/decent bandsaw) and I can justify ordering different kinds of lumber, I need to learn how to choose the best kind for whatever it is I have in mind.
‘ppreciate any recommendations anyone can make, cuz I realized right now I’m pretty much flying blind lol!
-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.