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Hello all! I've wanted to learn the art of woodworking for years and finally decided it's now or never. Hopefully, you'll all have patience with some of my basic beginner questions. I'm retired and think this is a great way to create objects of beauty (hopefully) and pass the time doing something useful. I'm in the process of outfitting my shop with new (used) equipment. One exception is a new Leigh jig. I know I'll have a load of questions when that arrives. I'm partial to walnut but need to learn about the pros and cons of other woods too. I understand the learning curve will be steep regarding the entire gambit but, that's half the fun for me. A premature thank you for any help you guys/gals can pass along.
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A good way to start.

The major furniture manufacturers already did the research. The most common furniture woods are usually oak, maple and mahogany. These are the best furniture woods - all things considered, such as machineability, durability, looks, matching boards and most importantly cost.
There are much prettier and durable woods available, if you remove some of the above items from the equation such as cost and the ability to be easily machined. But this is a good start.
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