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06-29-2008 06:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question alder bubinga cocobolo oak purpleheart ash cedar mahogany padauk teak willow basswood cherry maple pine walnut zebrawood

Hey what is everyone’s favorite wood over all to work with. Mine is Pine.

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 06:28 AM

Walnut hands down.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 06-29-2008 06:34 AM

i don’t like pine much. i haven’t worked with much but i love mahogany. i liked pine to until i used it a lot. its really soft, hard to finish, and i just don’t really like it. mahogany is really nice though. especially when carving such as my thank you card for Charles Neil.

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i want to try working with walnut though. and so many other woods. i know that purple heart burns a lot and ”its purple”! lol. and birch is really hard i didn’t like working with that much. especially shaping it. and oak is nice. also ebony, it just chips out a lot when cross cutting. well thats all i got for now! time for bed!

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#3 posted 06-29-2008 08:13 AM

Pine is my favorite wood!

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 01:12 PM

I’m a cherry guy.

It is like working butter with hand tools or machines, it’s durable, and once you learn how to finish it without blotches, it produces a gorgeous end result. I have also found that with some perseverance you can dig some really cool figured pieces out of the lumber pile.

I like the look of walnut, and it is very workable. I just find that the fine dust from machines gives me nosebleeds. I usually reserve walnut for small pieces or detail work.

If I ever have to work pau amarello again, it will be too soon.

I have worked with somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100 species of lumber over the years, but cherry still comes out on top.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#5 posted 06-29-2008 03:03 PM

I’m usually working with oak, but I really like cherry.

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 03:24 PM

i love the look of oiled walnut.

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 03:26 PM

Another walnut man here!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 06:32 PM

Read Oak and Walnut

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 09:48 PM

cherry is my favorite, it looks great, works great, and smells good when cutting it. and i use the scraps in my smoker to flavor meats.
i don’t really care for pine. mahogany is ok, just a little brittle and chips out, and i don’t care for oak too much.
purple heart is different, it smells good when working it, but because it’s so dense it does start burning faster and it’s harder to sand out the burn marks

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 10:33 PM

my favorite wood is FREE wood. I can butcher any of it, but if it’s cheap it doesnt hurt as much.

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#11 posted 06-29-2008 10:46 PM

I can only vouch for what I have worked with.

I really like clear VG Doug fir if I can find it. I also like White Oak. The grain in QS is absolutely stunning. Maple is quite nice too. I have found curly, spalted and tiger figured wood just digging through a new pile at Hughes Hardwood. I am working with Mahogany for the first time in my current project. It is lovely under a chisel but be careful with machine tools because it has a tendency to blow out if you don’t back it up.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#12 posted 06-29-2008 11:15 PM

Excellent point Woodrat—- cheap wood is always the best and easiest to work. It also doesn’t hurt as much when you throw it in the burn pile.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#13 posted 06-30-2008 12:37 AM

I have only worked with a few different species of wood, namely walnut, pine, and oak, but walnut comes out on top without a question. It’s a wonderful thing to see boards of rough walnut transform into a beautifully finished project.

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 03:10 AM

Very tricky question. I use pine a for a lot of projects but for appearance Myrtle burl for bowls & black hearted sassafras for spindle jobs.

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#15 posted 06-30-2008 03:20 AM

I would have to say walnut.

And cedar.

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