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post #1 of 38 Old 11-30-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Whats your favorite wood to work?

I am building some frames for my moms art as a Christmas gift. Yesterday I was working some Cherry, Walnut, and Basswood. It dawned on me as I took all three of these through the entire stage of milling all the way to the finished product. I enjoy working Walnut more than any other wood. Its not too hard but not too soft. With good sharp blades it looks mirror smooth through milling and cutting. The color is instant gratification and easy to finish. Don't get me wrong all the wood I usually work have their pluses and minuses, but for me, as of yesterday, Walnut is my favorite and has very few minuses. Whats yours and why?
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You got it... walnut. Maple is a very close second, though probably just because I use it more than anything else. Yellowheart and bloodwood are both nice too...
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Yup, walnut...but I also us a lot of oak because it's less expensive.
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Yup, walnut...but I also us a lot of oak because it's less expensive.
That makes two of us, Mike.

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I have to say Walnut is also my favorite. I love the way it smells when it is cut, and it is easy to work with. I have done a lot with Red Oak as well. I can tell you my least favorite is Purple Heart, it is a PITA, but it looks nice all finished.

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Cherry first then mahogany and walnut both are nice to work with.
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Another vote for walnut. It machines well, and also works easily with hand tools. Now if they could do something about the smell.
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I did not know there was any wood other then oak to build with!!!. I made all my end tables and coffie table out of mahogany and love to work with it. Oak has been the choice of my current client builds because of the price.

I want to build more with walnut but I dont have anymore room for furniture. I have plenty of walnut and cherry that are just waiting for a project.
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I did not know there was any wood other then oak to build with!!!. I made all my end tables and coffie table out of mahogany and love to work with it. Oak has been the choice of my current client builds because of the price.

I want to build more with walnut but I dont have anymore room for furniture. I have plenty of walnut and cherry that are just waiting for a project.
I have to admit, I've used far mor Oak than anything else. It doesn't smell so good either, but for use with machine and hand tools Walnut and Honduras Mahogony are great. I love quartersawn white oak and plain sawn red oak, but it doesn't seem to work quite as easily.
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I just love getting out in the shop and smelling/making sawdust. It doesn't really make a difference what type as long as I am out there making something. I guess if I had to make a choice though, my favorite wood at the moment is cherry.
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If I had to pic one I think I would go with Cherry. Cuts nice, not to chippy, makes the shop smell great. Finishes nice and ages well, gets a great patina. Second would be Mahogany.

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Whichever one I'm working with at the moment. Love walnut. Love love Mesquite. Love love LOVE that stripey zebrawood (?). Adore Cherry. It's all good!
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I never met a species I didn't like. Some more than others. I was doing a substantial amount of handwork last night on a bois d' arc faux tenon, but this morning when I looked at it, it was worth the cantankerous nature of the wood. Hard but brittle. Tearout is a witch with a b, but in the end it shines so it's worth it. I think every species has its place.

But if I had to pick one single one, walnut would be in a 3247-way tie with . . . . . . .
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Well I guess I'm gonna be the odd man out here. My favorites would have to be Oak, Mahogany, Aromatic Cedar.

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I like poplar.
Its light, easy to work with and I love the colors in the grain. Especially right off of the sawmill.
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Red birch is a favorite followed by mahogany and cherry. I did a kitchen island in red birch to go with a birds-eye maple kitchen. It works and finishes well and smells nice.
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Oak would be my preference. But for cheap projects, clear pine is easy to work with and I see some with beautiful grain patterns. Stained and sealed it can make very funtional furniture that looks nice.
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Walnut never fails to please after finished. Going to have to improve my dust collection to play with it. How many of you develop a cough and sneezing after working with it?
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I going to throw a vote out for Alder.

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