What goes into choosing a species of wood to use in a project, other than grain and color

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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 03-28-2009 05:00 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2009 05:00 PM

I was in my local wood store today and as I wandered through the numerous types of wood. I kept wondering, what else people look for in wood other than the obvious grain/texture and colour?

Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 03-28-2009 05:03 PM


Usually I go for what I can afford at the time, some places run specials on certain species, and I will pick that if the price is right.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 03-28-2009 05:19 PM

Cost certainly, but other than that, you have to think about which woods would look good together, if you wanted to build with two or more species. I usually have lots of Black Walnut on hand as that’s what I build with the most, and plenty of it with sapwood. I don’t mind a bit of sapwood for the contrast. I rarely will buy wood just to have it, unless the price is VERY right. If it’s free, I almost don’t care what species it is. If there’s checks in it, I have to make sure I can get past them and still get enough value from that board. If the customer wants a specific type then they can have pretty much whatever kind of wood they want.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 12:09 AM

For me it’s what I want the finished product to look like. Really, it comes down to your taste

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 12:34 AM

I would say two things: The beauty of the wood and the costs. The nicer, the expencier!
The other fact to consider, is the tradition about what is built with every kind of wood….for exam[le, when you take in consideration a Windsor Chair, there are woods better than others for the different parts, some woods are easier to work with, when making the spindles for example.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 12:58 AM

i pick up my timber in salvage yards i just pick 5 lengths of cherry 2.5 meters long by 30cm + wide by 2.5 cm thick all for £50 when the rrp is £110 + vat so cost is always the reason i go to yards ….........


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 02:56 AM

Suitability for the project. If i,m doing a piece to be painted then mahogany is out of the question! Cost is the second consideration.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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