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09-09-2012 01:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut cedar

There are a lot of different kinds of wood these days. I use the right wood for the job, but everyone should have a favorite wood. I like walnut, because it’s really tough wood. And when you cut it, you get this really nice smell. But I would like to learn about exotic wood. So leave a comment of you favorite wood.

AJ


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#1 posted 09-09-2012 01:51 AM

When I first got started in woodworking I used pine a lot because I could not afford anything else. But to make a long story short I am now a fan of Cherry, Walnut and maple. I still use pine depending on the work I am doing but for me Cherry is my favorite right now!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 01:57 AM

Come to think of it AJ. When I am working with Pine it fills my shop with a nice smell and it reminds me of the old day’s when I made everything with pine! I love that smell!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 02:05 AM

ditto to that woodshaver! pine was all I used when i first started…and cedar i have to add is an all time fav. but when it comes down to hardwoods…. maple i have used a lot of and love it. i have now spoiled myself to the oppertunity of working with walnut and cherry…and im hooked. LOVE cherry for the texture and its easy to work with. walnut for the durability, and colour. the smell is unique. the wood i’d say ive used the most, next to pine, is maple.

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 02:06 AM

Cherry all the way for me. Originally I was really into the coolness factor of exotics but now I find I just like to use cherry and leave the exotics to the trim work.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 02:09 AM

Western maple is plentiful and cheap up in my part of the world, so that’s what I use tons of. Plain, roasted, curly… I like it all. I like walnut too when I can get it. Cherry, I love the wood, but I’ve found it a bit unpredictable in taking an oil finish.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 02:11 AM

For cabinets and furniture, my favorite is red or whit oak.
For turning, I like walnut, maple or mesquite. My favorite would be maple!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 02:12 AM

Birdseye maple, hands down. I worked in a cabinet shop for quite a few years that did a ton of Oak, Cherry and Walnut. So much that I started to dislike it, so when a Birdseye job came down I fell in love with the stuff, hoarded every scrap I could find… Still do

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#8 posted 09-09-2012 02:14 AM

i like exotics but only for highlights in my projects. some exotics to me are too hard and split easily like bloodwood or lacewood or zebrawood. I wouldn’t want to mess up a piece of either of them for the price they sell for.

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#9 posted 09-09-2012 02:17 AM

Mesquite and hedgeapple (Bois de Arc) are my favorites with qs sycamore a close third

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#10 posted 09-09-2012 02:19 AM

Birdseye! hmmmmm! I must give that a try someday Lucas! I’ve seen it and it’s beautiful wood! Just got to find some now!
I was given some Walnut not to long ago and I made a few Pizza Peels with it. They came out really nice looking!
Funny how no one says anything about Oak!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 09-09-2012 02:24 AM

Jim Jakosh, I guess I missed your oak post!!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#12 posted 09-09-2012 02:26 AM

Free, no matter how much I have to spend in labor to use it!

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#13 posted 09-09-2012 02:29 AM

Barn Wood. When you run it though a plainer, it makes some of the best lumber out there. Just make sure you remove any of the Nails that might be in the piece, because a lot of barns were built a long time ago, when common hardware like fancy screw guns, and pocket hole jigs and stuff was not as evolved as it is now. They used nails.
I like Walnut, but it’s expensive, so don’t get to use it that often. Poplar is another one I enjoy. I hate Oak though, just don’t like the look. I like darker woods.

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#14 posted 09-09-2012 02:31 AM

Right on Dallas!!! :)

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#15 posted 09-09-2012 02:32 AM

I know lots hate it, but I like red oak for many things if the grain is tight.

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