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Chip

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09-27-2010 07:23 PM

You’ve got that special project coming up… the one you’ve been waiting, and preparing, your whole life to do. The client, or yourself, says “just do your thing”... but with one exception… one species of wood, your favorite…

Can you decide… and explain why?

Personally I do a lot of small projects, like boxes, and I like to mix woods so it’s kinda tough… but here goes…

Holly.

I like the texture. I like the white starkness and uniqueness of it. I like the tight grain and the way it works, almost like plastic, so you can get really sharp edges and make very small pieces with it. One thing I don’t like about it is it’s tough to keep clean when using with other woods (but that doesn’t matter on this thread). The other thing I don’t like about it is the price. About $17 a board foot for premium grade around here (I don’t think I’ll be doing any hutches or kitchen cabinets with it).

So what’s yours? 8,000 year old bog wood? Burl? Claro Walnut? Cherry? Mahogany? Ebony? Pine? Cedar?... and why?

Anyone else care to give this a try? It could be very educational to the rest of us…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!


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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 07:29 PM

want to guess mine, Chip?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 07:33 PM

Yea yea Deb… just don’t paint it! See, I have a great memory… especially of traumatic experiences… LOL!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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rkoorman

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 07:38 PM

chip

i love working with walnut.

rick

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dbhost

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 07:39 PM

For me, my favorite wood to work with is a little hard to decide, but it is a toss up between Mesquite and Pecan. Both have great colors, great grain patterns, and if I goof too badly, make for excellent barbecue.

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Pete Mohr

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 07:41 PM

Air dried Claro Walnut. Love the color variations !!!

-- "Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another." -Anatole France

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 07:44 PM

haha good for you

I should say that Walnut is my least favourite- just because of the razzing I got over it.. :)
and then there’s the willow .. dang that stuff is pretty.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 07:44 PM

Wow Pete, now that is some fine looking Walnut for sure. Oops, the click through is gone… oh well. Ah, now we’re talking. Thanks Pete.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 08:01 PM

Deb, that Willow you used sure was beautiful. A very unusual wood…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 09-27-2010 08:15 PM

I always prefer working with Walnut … but I have to agree with Pete … the air dried Claro Walnut is great for that “special project” ... the color variations are wonderful and give the project a very distinctive look … especially if you hit it with some potassium dichromate to really ignite the colors …

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#10 posted 09-27-2010 08:42 PM

To many favorite Chip, Blackcherry , Birds Eye Maple, Walnut and so forth. But if I had to go with one its Black Cherry, the mineral streaks, and the aging patina of natural color just knocks me out. It so easy to work with and is just timeless. Lately I used alot of B.E. Maple which is just mesmerizing when finished, just to many wonderful wood to work with. Oh I forgot rosewood, and purple heart and …...ect. ect ect….BC

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#11 posted 09-27-2010 08:57 PM

Hey Lip, long time no see. How have you been? Yes, walnut is probably second on my list.

Awww jeeez BC, there’s a trouble maker in every crowd ;-) ... I’m going to put you down for Black Cherry… just because. I think this choice is hardest for people who make boxes and small pieces because we like to mix stuff up. The other thing is that a favorite changes over time so I know what you’re saying.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Chip

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#12 posted 09-27-2010 09:13 PM

Jorge… another trouble maker eh ;-) No, you can’t stain it. Jeeeesh. I was wondering when Maple would be picked. There are so many variations.

And hell, you could do a whole kitchen in walnut and just paint it white. Right? (sorry Deb, couldn’t resist :-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 09-27-2010 09:26 PM

If I have to be honest here, I would have to say FREE WOOD! I’ve never really thought about a favorite wood before now. Most of my projects have been free Yellow Pine but that supply is getting low I think I’m down to a couple hundred board feet left of it. I’ve done some work with Red Oak but have bought that. I had a little Walnut given to me to play with so I bought 5 rough sawn Walnut boards for a project to go with some Red Oak on. I have about 1500 BF of Aromatic Cedar I’m about to tap into so I’m not sure how much I will enjoy working with it yet. By the way the Cedar was also free. So out of all the wood I have experience with working, I would have to say that I would be more likely to buy Red Oak.
One of the reasons for choosing Red Oak is because of its availability here locally. The fact that its also reasonably priced here makes it a good choice. It machines well and joins well and stains good.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Chip

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#14 posted 09-27-2010 09:35 PM

Greg, another good reason for a wood to be a favorite. Prices are out of control so I hear you. Yes, free wood is a very, very good wood for sure.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 09-27-2010 09:38 PM

Ebony Yew Laburnum Oak .There are few woods If at all any that I don’t like.If you like working with small boxes as you say then laburnum is fantastic to work with.You won’t fine these in big pieces as the trees are usually small.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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