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metroplexchl

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07-30-2017 02:59 AM

I’m new and learning about historical woodworking, but I haven’t figured out what kind of wood was most often used. Oak?

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 03:05 AM

Lots of oak. Red and white.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 07-30-2017 03:08 AM

Stickley used a lot of quartersawn oak. They
fumed in with ammonia to get the dark color.

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#3 posted 07-30-2017 04:33 AM

Quarter sawn White Oak. Period.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#4 posted 07-30-2017 04:40 AM

Another vote for quarter sawn white oak.

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#5 posted 07-30-2017 01:38 PM

Wood with strong grain patterns, QS oak primarily, but there are other choices and combos that would be fitting to the style.

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#6 posted 07-30-2017 02:08 PM

Gotta go with Rich on this one.
Visited the Stickley museum in Parsippany NJ, and saw a lot of his original work. All qtr. sawn white oak.

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#7 posted 07-30-2017 02:34 PM

I grew up in my Great Grandmother’s house built in 1905. I love Craftsman style. Actually did not know it had a name until I researched what & how to go about redoing my window casings & trim.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#8 posted 07-30-2017 02:37 PM

Quarter sawn white oak.

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#9 posted 07-30-2017 09:34 PM

Chris, QSWO is most common but QS red oak can be used depending on the intended finish and can’t easily be distinguished from qswo. You may also find pieces made from mahogany, maple and chestnut. G&G used teak and mahogany in the Gamble House. It is getting difficult to find GREAT qswo, but take a look at McKinney Hardwoods Michael won’t steer you wrong. HTH

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metroplexchl

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#10 posted 07-31-2017 12:08 AM

Wow. Love all the experience.

I assumed WO, but there’re times when I swear something I see is made of RO….or WO that’s been stained to look like RO. Not sure why they’d do that, but whatever works!

I’ve always loved oak, but I’ve recently fell in love with curly and birds eye maple…although i’ve never worked with either one before!

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#11 posted 07-31-2017 04:45 AM

Greene & Greene used a lot of mahogany. Current day A&C use many different types of wood, details can define the A&C look over wood species.

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#12 posted 07-31-2017 05:20 PM

Original Gus Stickley pieces were predominantly quartersawn white oak, but mahogany and figured maple were also offered. Judging by what appears in auctions mahogany and maple were not very popular. In my opinion the designs work well with any quality hardwood, cherry and walnut for example. I don’t consider red oak as usable for nice furniture.

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metroplexchl

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#13 posted 08-01-2017 12:46 AM



Greene & Greene used a lot of mahogany. Current day A&C use many different types of wood, details can define the A&C look over wood species. – WoodES

Good point! From what i’ve read of the founders of the movement, their focus was on craftsmanship (away from production line crap) and not wood.

-- What ever you do, be good at it. -Abe Lincoln

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