Easy Guide For Your Woodwork Project

Do you know what kind of wood to use in your planned woodworking project? Be careful of the wood you choose. There are numerous species and each has different characteristics, so you might never know which one will best work for you. Some may be too tough and some are too malleable.

Moreover, there are particular types that are best for cabinets, machineries, moldings, boat building and more. Some also easily finish and some don't.


x) Mahogany

This is used for making highly-valuable woodworking projects such as cabinets, musical instruments, veneers and wood facings, patterns, and boat building. It has a reddish brown color and fine grains. It is so durable that it resists shrinking, warping and swelling.

x) Walnut

It is fine textured, easy to work with, and strong. It can end up being an excellent material for a quality woodworking project because of its “velvety natural colored sheen” when sanded.

x) Oak

It can resist moisture absorption, is durable and finishes well. It can be a bit heavy and strong but bends easily. It is used for more complex woodworking projects like outdoor furniture, trimming, baskets, boat framing, desks, chairs and flooring.

x) Maple

This type of wood can shrink moderately and has a fine texture. It usually defies denting and decay and doesn't split easily when screwed or nailed. Because of its unvarying color, it is best used when making first-rate woodworking projects such as woodenware and excellent furniture.


x) Pine

It is rather stiff, has uniform texture and is soft and light. It has “low resistance” to shock and easily glues and holds nails and screws as well. It is usually utilized in the construction of houses, paneling, caskets, crates, boxes, furniture and molding.

x) Hemlock

"Non-resinous,” can defy low decay, light weight, uniformly textured. It can be glued without difficulty but can be a bit brittle. It is usually used for building construction, lumber, sidings, doors, paneling and sub flooring.

x) Fir

It has uniform texture and is “non-resinous.” It can also defy low decay. It is commonly used when making furniture frames, doors, windows, plywood, interior trims and veneer.

So, have you decided which one to use for your woodworking project? Take note that some types of woods may not be readily made available in your state not considering the fact that some nice ones come with a higher price. There are always alternatives and ways to cover up woods flaws so you can manage your woodworking project in a breeze.


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