What are the easiest woods when using hand tools?

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Forum topic by rseabrease posted 01-15-2010 06:01 PM 952 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2010 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood hand tools walnut pine soft maple cherry poplar


I am using my non-electric hand tools more and more and I am trying to find out what woods are the easiest to work with and still get good results. My research has led me to these woods – pine, poplar, soft maple, cherry and walnut. These are all locally available in my area (Gettysburg, PA). Do these woods meet the criteria and can you recommend others? The reason I am looking for easier woods is because I have some arthritis and carpel tunnel.

Thank you,

-- Richard

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 06:21 PM

Alaskan yellow cedar, Port Orford cedar, mahogany, there are so many others. Have you given any thought to using Japanese tools? I also have carpal tunnel and have not had any problems since I made the switch over from western tools.


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#2 posted 01-15-2010 06:42 PM

Thank you for the quick reply. The only one of those woods available in my area would be Mahogany. The hand tools that I have are things such as old wooden molding planes. I am trying to follow in the paths of people like Roy Underhill and Adam Cherubini by using the 1700 and 1800 era tools.

-- Richard

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 06:50 PM

I would give Ash a try.

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 06:52 PM

Thank you Jason

-- Richard

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