|Forum topic by dakremer||posted 01-03-2010 05:42 AM||2525 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-03-2010 05:42 AM
So I work at Menards, and work with a lot of lumber.. people ask me questions all the time, and would like to give them some answers (and would also like to know for my own knowledge)!!! – I’m new to woodworking, and have a few questions if anyone would care to respond to some, or all…. I looked up the Janka scale online, and seems like every chart I find is different!! so here are my questions….
1. Out of the common lumbers you can buy at hardware stores (Menards, Lowes, Home Depot, etc, etc), how would you list them on a scale of softest to hardest???? (like…pine, cedar, oak, mahogany, birch, maple, walnut, aspen, cherry, etc, etc).
2. Which of these are porous woods?
3. Which of these woods needs to be sealed before staining so you don’t get blotchiness?
Haha, I’m sure there are TONS more questions – but these are what have been on my mind. The reason I ask is because I’m new to woodworking, and just made a humidor for my brother for a present (it was my first project ever). I made it out of “select” pine and some aspen – I wanted a glassy/glossy look to it (really modern) so used a spray lacquer with some wax as a final coat – needless to say, it didn’t turn out glassy…or glossy… I guess practice makes perfect – so cannot be too disappointed in my FIRST project…..Thanks for your help in advance!!
-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!