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Advise of what wood to practice on

Hello everyone,

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I have just begun woodworking. I am so new that I do not obtain my first saw until Saturday. My budget is low, so nothing I am able to purchase is professional quality. I believe even the wood will fall into this category. Because my budget is low, I thought I would by 2x4s and rough plywood from the home center. Since I will only be practicing techniques, do you think this is acceptable wood to use? I just do not want to go to my local lumber yard and spend $10 on one 2x4x8 of birch just to ruin it from practicing. Does this make sense? Do you agree? Or perhaps have suggestions as to an alternative for practicing?
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Is there any new construction going on in your neighbourhood, there is often a pile of scrap they will be glad to get rid of, just ask first.

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construction grade lumber is great for practicing your techniques.
then, when you get a chance to try mahogany, walnut, cherry, etc,
you will appreciate the journey more - and your projects will turn out nice !

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Hello everyone,

Does this make sense? Do you agree? Or perhaps have suggestions as to an alternative for practicing?

Great minds! That is exactly what I do to create
prototype things. I get standard framing material, doug fir.
It can be difficult to work with for many reasons.....but it
will teach you some valuable lessons.
I also make every attempt to bring a prototype project to
completion. ...and sometimes am very surprised at the end result.

This is one of my first boxes. It is doug fir 2x8. I was stunned when it
came off the saw. Have fun!

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Thank you for the suggestion! There is not. However, I live near Cleveland, OH. Construction companies are constantly building. I will contact and ask if I may salvage their discards.
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Thank you kindly for the response. Your information is very valuable and much appreciated. I am visiting a home center tomorrow to collect purchased equipment. I will also purchase construction plywood and other materials. Thankfully, this type of material is not incredibly expensive. I hope one day my skills are strong so I may use beautiful species. I will do my best!
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The box is beautiful! Construction grade wood never would come to mind upon seeing it. Your response leads me to believe that my assumption is correct. Thank you!
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Beautiful bandsaw box. Hoshijiro, tree services always have free wood. Be aware that this fresh wood will have a high moisture content. Many woodturners will rough turn wet wood and allow it to slowly dry, relieving the stress on the wood.

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I hate to open a can of worms but if finances are low there is always pallet wood, not always high quality but there are sometimes hidden gems, just do some research regarding which ones to use.

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I hate to open a can of worms but if finances are low there is always pallet wood, not always high quality but there are sometimes hidden gems, just do some research regarding which ones to use.
Nothing wrong w/pallet wood.
I think the technical discription is "distressed".
Out of being totally broke and needing a computer desk,
I built a computer table out of pallet wood.
That was 40yrs ago.
It is in service with my computer on it as we speak.
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Local classified ads, Craigs list. I am constantly seeing people getting rid of wood or furniture that can be cut down and salvaged to practice on. Furniture like tables are the most prevalent. These can be cut down and sanded to be used for whatever.
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I think it's a little hard to give you sound advice without knowing what type of woodworking you are interested in. What type of saw you plan on buying? What are you interested in making?

Craigslist is always a great source of cheap / inexpensive wood though.
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in a similar vein about re-using scraps, the first hobby item I ever built was a wooden transport case for my model rocket and its bulky stand. The entire thing was built from scraps from a local cabinet factory (scraps legally obtained for free). This was in the late 60s or early 70s, in Auckland, New Zealand. It was only assembled with glue. The only metal in it was the hinges and latch. This wooden case still exists at my youngest brother's house in NZ.

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Thank you for the lead. I will explore this opportunity.
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You make a great suggestion. Thank you.
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I am sorry; I cannot give specific examples. I have recently developed a fascination with the art; therefore, I am exploring all the possibilities. I can say that I have been drawn to every observed style. This is reminiscent of college - all the subjects looked so good I had a difficult time choosing one! haha.

I purchased a Dewalt 745s this past Saturday. Because the saw is construction grade, I am meticulously calibrating the blade to the miter slot and the fence. Accuracy is key. I have not made a cut. I will shortly and then reexamine the accuracy.
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Thank you for sharing a fascinating story!
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Your experience if inspirational. Thank you for sharing!
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I shall do this. Thank you for the suggestion!
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Local cabinet shops and woodworkers often have scrap they would like carried off. You'll get lots of small pieces but you will probably get some wood species that you'll learn from.
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