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post #1 of 4 Old 09-06-2010, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Newb Hello from Connecticut

Hi all,

I'm new to woodworking, took a class in high school 10 years ago but that's it. I recently built my first 2 projects which I posted on the display forum. After I built my latest piece, I realized how little furniture I had in my new home. So now I set a basic shop up in my basement and now starting to collect tools.
For my living room, I'd like a "matching" sofa table, end table, and tv stand but am completely lost on what kind of wood/finish I should do. I'm thinking about cherry with natural finish... but... I don't know...
Glad to be here and see you all around.

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Welcome, Mike,

Cherry is a terrific wood for furniture, but there are others and what wood you use is a very personal choice (sometimes restricted by budget)

My only advice would be don't stain or paint ... find wood that you like and put on a clear finish.


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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the jump to woodworking. It is a very satifying (and frustrating) hobby. There are a lot of good people on this forum with a lot of good advice. Feel free to pop in and ask question before, during and after your build. Pictures are very helpful. Post as many as you can. I agree with Paul that the wood choice is a very personal thing. We could suggest oak, but you may not like the look of oak. I would also agree that if you are going to go through the added expense of using real wood, staining it would be a crime. Keep it natural is what I say. But then again, that is a personal opinion and you may think differently. Good luck on your venture.

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Hi Mike, welcome! Oak or Maple can be a nice alternative to Cherry. Be sure to check them out too. I hear what Kenbo is saying about leaving the wood natural, and agree for the most part, but recently I made a rocking horse for my nephew out of Alder and stained it cherry. It came out very nice and Alder is pretty inexpensive. Point is your choices are limitless.
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