|Forum topic by ajhellman||posted 09-26-2016 06:41 PM||778 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
09-26-2016 06:41 PM
First time post here actually…
I’m putting details together on making a couple real long (8’ – 9’) floating shelves for our family room which my wife wants to fill up with pictures and whatnot….
I’d like it to be solid wood, and will be stained a darker ebony to match our current hardwood floors.
My wife likes tighter grain type woods (i.e. NOT oak or large open / rough grain woods). I’m not sure what is a good wood to select. I’ll probably get 8/4 stock and end up getting it at Kettle Moraine Hardwoods (I live in the Milwaukee area). Obviously cost is an issue, don’t want to get too pricey just for a shelf but I’m willing to spend enough to get a nice piece. It’ll be ~18 bdft or so so I probably want to cap it at $4-5/bdft.
I was thinking potentially Basswood or Poplar but wasn’t sure if there would be some better guidance from the forum here. I’ve worked with Poplar but never Basswood. From what I understand it’s used commonly for carvings.