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#1 posted 06-02-2013 at 12:48 PM

My favorite is QS White Oak because:
1.) of the furniture styie I tend to make
2.) I really enjoy picking and matching the grain patterns/fleck patterns
3.) it smells like bourbon when cutting and I like bourbon

My finish process is:
1.) yellow dye
2.) tinted black mahogany stain
3.) BLO
4.) abmer shellac
5.) Waterlox original
100 years of patina in about 2 weeks

Cherry is probably my 2nd favorite mainly because I can get a very nice warm shine finish by buffing it out prior to applying a combonation, wipe on / wipe off, mixture of poly, tung, and BLO. Nice and easy with great / warm color results.

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 at 12:58 PM

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 at 04:22 PM

All of the above. I never met a piece of wood I didn’t like. Except maybe the explody ones. What I use depends on how I feel as well . . . straight grain for the don’t feel like too much of a challenge days. I have some figured and burl bits that I love to look at and waiting for the perfect project.

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 at 04:28 PM

Yes the burls we fall in love with are definitely a challenge.

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 at 04:55 PM

I guess it kind of depends on the use and application. I always love highly figured woods for their unique beauty, and at the same time they can frustrate me to no end. Sure, straight grain is nice to work with, but it just doesn’t draw me in like a gorgeous piece of figured stock. When I’m at the hardwood store I always find myself drawn to the curly or quilted maple, and pieces of crotch walnut with rippling grain.

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 at 05:14 PM

I heard a nasty rumor that most loggers throw the most figured woods away.

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#7 posted 06-03-2013 at 05:57 AM

Cherry is my current fave. Machines beautifully, smells great and looks amazing.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 06-03-2013 at 06:36 AM

I have my eye on a piece of Cherry Burl. Been getting excited about it changing color over time.

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#9 posted 06-03-2013 at 07:06 AM

Figured walnut or curly maple… depending on whether I’m in a dark meat or white meat mood. :-)

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

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#10 posted 06-03-2013 at 07:22 AM

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 at 10:14 AM

I diffidently a full figure kinda guy with plenty of curly adds to the flavor….

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