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Jokker78

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295 days ago

What hardwood is cheaper than oak that is smooth grain. I am looking to find a new love

Popular is out I’m not crazy about the green tint that it has.

I’m a newbie to woodworking. I have found a place. That carries other woods. But a pain to deal with .

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short


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Quanter50

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#1 posted 295 days ago

Ash

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crank49

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#2 posted 295 days ago

Soft Maple (it’s still hard)
Cherry
Beech
Sycamore

Depends on the source for affordability for any of these.

Cherry is great to work with and is beautiful when finished, plus it makes the shop smell great. I got 500 BF directly from a sawer for $1/BF

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teejk

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#3 posted 294 days ago

If you are going to stain it, that green streak in poplar disappears and produces a very pretty contrasting grain color. I trimmed out much of the house with it and like the look. It’s pretty soft stuff though (dents and stuff) but very easy to work with.

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Purrmaster

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#4 posted 294 days ago

Over time the green in poplar fades to brown.

What woods will be cheap will depend on your area. There are places where the woods that are expensive here are cheap elsewhere. My suggestions:

Alder
Aspen
Beech
Maybe birch
Cedar

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#5 posted 294 days ago

If you tell us where you are (we promise not to show up unannounced and laugh at your little workshop) we might be able to provide more than just generic information.

Are you in the northern part of South America? I hear Ipe is rather cheap there.
Anywhere near Nigeria? Wenge is great to work with.
Even just assuming you’re in the USA isn’t enough to go on as lumber gets cheaper the closer you are to the source.

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Jokker78

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#6 posted 294 days ago

Oh thank y’all.

Sometimes I use oak because you can get plywood to match it.

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 294 days ago

Alder can have some lovely even grain patterns if it is from a large tree. Smaller trees yield rustic knotty lumber. It is a softer hardwood, perhaps between poplar and cherry in density.

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DS

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#8 posted 293 days ago

I wouldn’t shy away from Poplar. It takes stain very well and the green color becomes inconsequential.

BTW, the color Brown is composed of Green and Red. (e.g. Green tint + Red tint = Brown)
So it is a natural component that isn’t a factor if you are staining.

Some people call Poplar the poor man’s Cherry wood.

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bbc557ci

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#9 posted 292 days ago

‘nuther for Ash

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#10 posted 292 days ago

Poplar can be very beautiful even with just poly on it!

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mcfr

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#11 posted 292 days ago

Ash

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Jokker78

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#12 posted 292 days ago

my local mill 25 miles away has some cherry some maple and some other stuff for 3,50 a bf. I will go check him out Wednesday

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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CharlesA

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#13 posted 292 days ago

At my local sawmill Cherry is more expensive that Red Oak, about the same as White. Wood cheaper than Red?
Ash, Aspen, Beech, Ceder, Elm, Gum, Hackberry, Honey Locust, Sassafras, and Sycamore.

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RogerM

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#14 posted 292 days ago

Not sure where you are located so it is hard to advise. Soft maple is generally a good hardwood at a reasonable price. Elm is very hard and can usually be found at a reasonable price but it is hard to work with. Aspen is cheap and soft but is very weak and doesn’t stain real well. The mill I buy from sells soft maple, walnut, and cherry at around $2.00 Bd. Ft. but I have to dry it for about one year. Hope this helps a bit.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#15 posted 292 days ago

I’ve never seen cherry or maple cheaper then oak the people claiming that got a hell of a damn good deal or bought from someone special (window licker special not someone close to their heart), either that or just everywhere else except NY has cheap hardwood prices.

RogerM – I want to live where you are, buying walnut for $2 bd ft., hell the cheapest I can find near me is $5.50 and that’s like 4” wide stuff with big checks all over the ends…GOD I HATE NY!!!

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