What type of wood do you prefer ?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Diggerjacks posted 05-05-2014 06:21 PM 1589 views 0 times favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Diggerjacks's profile


2089 posts in 2557 days

05-05-2014 06:21 PM


What type of wood do you prefer to use for all your projects?

And Why ?

Pictures of your projects welcome

Thanks for your response

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

44 replies so far

View muleskinner's profile


868 posts in 1855 days

#1 posted 05-05-2014 08:23 PM

I’d ‘prefer’ lacewood, bubinga and birdseye maple amongst others that are also out of my price range.

I use mostly use walnut, cherry, birch, cedar and fir. All seem easy to work and the walnut cherry and birch look nice when finished.

-- Visualize whirled peas

View NiteWalker's profile


2735 posts in 1996 days

#2 posted 05-05-2014 08:34 PM

Beautiful color, super easy to work with and smells nice. :-)
Click for details

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

View TheFridge's profile


5676 posts in 905 days

#3 posted 05-05-2014 08:41 PM

Old cypress

Because it looks great with discolorations, wormholes, pecks, and it’s good for outdoors.

(And my family has a crapload of it I can get for free. )

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View whitebeast88's profile


4086 posts in 1609 days

#4 posted 05-05-2014 08:53 PM

i prefer walnut,love working with it.
i like cedar and cherry also,nothing beats the look of cedar when finished.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View Shawn Masterson's profile

Shawn Masterson

1294 posts in 1367 days

#5 posted 05-05-2014 09:57 PM

Whatever is laying on the shelf. You won’t find a scrap of wood in my shop that wasn’t harvested within 100 miles of my house. RO, WO, Cherry, Walnut, poplar, maple, hickory, and ash when it comes around.

View dawsonbob's profile


1831 posts in 1174 days

#6 posted 05-05-2014 10:05 PM

“What type of wood do you prefer?”


-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

View TheFridge's profile


5676 posts in 905 days

#7 posted 05-05-2014 10:20 PM

Yeah buddy!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View lateralus819's profile


2236 posts in 1308 days

#8 posted 05-05-2014 10:23 PM

I quite like Curly maple and african mahogany. They go great together, and they are a joy to work with.

View Jimbo4's profile


1420 posts in 2182 days

#9 posted 05-05-2014 10:49 PM

Any type that’s free. ;o)

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

View squaretree's profile


160 posts in 990 days

#10 posted 05-05-2014 11:05 PM

Walnut for me

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

View EPJartisan's profile


1116 posts in 2544 days

#11 posted 05-05-2014 11:16 PM

American Black Cherry for me. I really enjoy the use of the wood, and the colors it becomes as it ages.. I enjoy the fire grain (curly cherry) and I love it when I find a piece with bark inclusions… and it looks good with any other wood.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

View Roger's profile


19709 posts in 2223 days

#12 posted 05-06-2014 12:00 AM

I really haven’t built enough to pick one. I do know one wood that I don’t particularly like, and that’s Oak. Yup, call me weird, but, it kinda screws with me a bit. I’ll still work with it and build some stuff with it tho.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

14167 posts in 3402 days

#13 posted 05-06-2014 12:00 AM


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View pintodeluxe's profile


4824 posts in 2232 days

#14 posted 05-06-2014 12:06 AM

I like white oak. It may be a little tougher to mill than the softer woods, but once the finish goes on…ohhh the payoff.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View oldnovice's profile


5650 posts in 2786 days

#15 posted 05-06-2014 05:37 AM

I really don’t have any preference but my wallet does!

Since I have a lot of 100 year old red oak I will use that first unless the project really begs for something else.
In those cases I like maple, cherry, poplar, and of course the expensive ones like paduak, bubinga, zebra-wood, all of which I have pieces for small project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

showing 1 through 15 of 44 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics