I did some telephone repair stuff at a McKillican American location today. I did not want to leave :)
My next attack are 3 more projects by summer: build a Thein seperator, 6” dust collection ducting, and then various cabinets (hand tool cabinet for starters). So I asked what’s the going price of the 5’x5’ baltic birch 18mm: $45. That is a tremendous price difference from last year when I could of swore it was $75+. I was considering red oak for cabinetry. The salesman said the newest fad is using Knotty Alder instead of Red Oak and showed me some demo’s of each. I gotta say… knotty alder looks more appealing than red oak to me. And the pricing of $1.58 BF compared to red oak helped decide (for now) which species to work on in the near future for different things. I know knotty alder is softwood somewhere around poplar and pine.
But I do not see many projects with knotty alder species. Is it the red headed step child of wood species?
-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter