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Purrmaster

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637 days ago

I was curious and thought I’d ask for some expert opinions.

What is the most stable wood? I.e least likely to warp. Of the more common hard woods we work with which are the most stable?

Thanks.


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Dallas

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#1 posted 637 days ago

Plywood. Masonite.

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#2 posted 637 days ago

Petrified.

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#3 posted 637 days ago

True mahogany is quite stable. Moves less than Cocobolo.

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#4 posted 637 days ago

There will be a lot of debate, But It will likely be a properly dried, quartersawn, hardwood.

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Moron

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#5 posted 637 days ago

quarter sawn

white oak

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#6 posted 637 days ago

Poplar and Honduran mahogany are both excellent in terms of stability. Cherry is also pretty good.

Quarter sawn boards are more stable than flat sawn.

I’d recommend reading Hoadley’s Understanding Wood for in depth information. It has charts giving shrinkage rates for many wood species.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 637 days ago

I don’t know that it’s THE most stable wood, but I have never had Jatoba warp, bow, or exhibit appreciable movement.

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mloy365

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#8 posted 637 days ago

I have never had an issue with QS white oak.

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BentheViking

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#9 posted 637 days ago

not common for most people i suppose but when I was in Louisiana we used a lot of cypress which is very stable

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 637 days ago

I would agree that dry 1/4 sawn wood is the most stable, I also agree that Bruce Hoadley’s book gives lot of good information about the properties of wood.

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AandCstyle

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#11 posted 637 days ago

+1 for quarter sawn white oak

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#12 posted 637 days ago

For shop projects, MDF is the way to go. It stays flat, and is pretty cheap. For furniture and other projects, white oak is the best I think. Really really strong, and very nice wood too.

Hope this helped you!
AJ

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#13 posted 637 days ago

Mahogany and Spanish cedar…which is why they are the prime woods in humidors.

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BentheViking

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#14 posted 637 days ago

ah yes spanish cedar…we used that a lot as well since there are some ecological issues that make using cypress less desirable.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Purrmaster

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#15 posted 637 days ago

Lots of votes for quarter sawn white oak. Not quarter sawn red oak?

I don’t know about poplar. I’ve had it move on me quite a bit.

That sounds like an interesting book. I’ll have to pick it up.

Anyone know how much purple heart moves?

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