Questions tagged [wood-selection]

Questions regarding selection of wood for specific applications or characteristics.

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What is the type of wood that is often purchased in bulk at the hardware store?

I live in the central part of the United States. When I go to a local hardware store (such as Menards or Lowes) there are wooden boards of different thicknesses and length just labeled "Untreated ...
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Can you make shaker doors out of one piece of MDF?

I've seen people make raised panel doors out of one piece of MDF. I've also seen a professional machine make a shaker door out of one piece. But is it feasible for someone to make one with a handheld ...
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What would be the UK equivalent of the common US 2 by 4 (not just by size)

I've found a DIY shelving project that interests me and am setting about researching the best place to obtain the wood required for it. In this project, and others I have seen, the American ...
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What wood type is appropriate for creating custom inlays?

I want to create an inlay of my fiancee's initials for a cutting board I am making for her. For the inlay pieces, however, I'm not sure what wood I should use. Because I am a slight beginner and don't ...
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How to choose desirable oak slabs for projects

I'm new to woodworking and have recently been given the opportunity to pick up free logs of a recently felled oak tree. (I believe logs is the proper term here, correct me if I'm wrong. Cords? Slabs?) ...
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Choosing wood type for child's rocking horse chair

I have purchased this plan to make a friend's child a rocking horse chair. The photo appears to show the project made from pine. Although I do like the appearance in the photo, I'm worried that pine ...
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Good wood for beer pong table

I'm looking for the best wood recommendations to build a large quantity of beer pong tables in the cheapest way possible. For those who don't know, beer pong is a party game in which a ping pong ...
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What kind of wood should be used in constructing a catapult arm?

I used 2x4's on my catapult. But I'd like to make it beefier with more throwing power. The body is pressure treated wood, and eventually I'd like to add more garage springs or other counter force ...
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Structural engineering with wood: determining post size, span, etc, for a timber frame house [closed]

This may be off-topic here, not sure. My college background is math and physics, but I'm hoping to switch gears and build my own home and live off the land. So, I've been studying and reading up on ...
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Strength of 1 1/2“ by 1 1/2” Douglas fir

I would like to put a new floor in a tag-a-long trailer. I would like it to be light but strong and I plan on using Douglas fir 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" as my floor joists and to be spaced apart 12" with a 5/...
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Wood with good thermal insulation

Are all types of wood similar with respect to their ability to conduct heat or are some types better than other? I'm looking for a go-to, cheap type of wood to act as the barrier in windows around ...
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What kind of wood blanks should a beginner use for bowl turning?

I recently took a bowl turning class and want to build experience in a frugal way. From a quick online search, I see bowl blanks cost around $10 ~ $30, depending on the wood. What kind of wood blanks ...
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Wood to use for case holding Lionel train set

I am planning to build a case to hold my old Lionel train set. I have the original cardboard and styrofoam box, which is beat up at this point and I'd like to give the train to my son in a keepsake ...
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Type of wood for bending into an arch shape?

I am designing a home theater that will have a small "stage" which will need to have a long (~8ft long, ~6in wide, thickness as required) piece of wood that is bowed slightly. I want to know what ...
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Milling previously felled logs

There is an old growth forest near where I live. For sake of argument lets move past the most absolute certainty that I cannot remove anything from the premises. Likely to help the ecosystem. Some of ...
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Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for 2 components of DIY Wall Stall bar?

Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for components of DIY Wall Stall bar? Maybe this list can help you help me in shortlisting. Reference list of possible woods available but may ...
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What kind of wood should I use for making a toy car?

I want to engrave, i.e. shape, a small toy sports car out of wood. I do not plan on doing it using chainsaws but with a few hand tools. The dimensions of the car are going to be 15cm x 12cm x 10cm. I ...
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What woods take stain well?

I'm just getting into woodworking, and I have a number of relatively simple projects (end tables, boxes, bookshelves, etc) that I would like to make, but I want them to match. Water based stain is ...
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Best wood for table saw cross cut jig

In particular the fence. The other day I got my sled nicely calibrated and on final screw up it lost its accuracy. I was only using a 18 mm MDF strip for the fence. I was worried it's flex was the ...
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Considerations when making my own threaded dowel for a vise

After looking at the answers for this question I was inspired to make a Moxon vise for easy table top use. This will buy me time until I make my actual woodworking bench. The one I have in mind is ...
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Make a bunk bed

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
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What wood should I use to build my Custom Bike Frame?

Me & one of my friends were looking to build a 4 wheel pedal bike. I wasn't sure what type of wood I should use for the job. I wanted a light but strong wood. I was looking to have 2x4s in the ...
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Can low durability be mitigated with specific finishes?

I'm looking to build some outdoor furniture and I happen to have a lot of hard maple on-hand. While I also have a bit of cedar, I dislike how easily it scratches and dents. When reading up on ...
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Wood to Use for 3ft Sorority Letters

I am currently trying to build 3ft wooden letters for my sorority's recruitment booth. I want them to be sturdy and weather resistant but also lightweight and portable. The letters will be in storage ...
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What are some suitable woods to use for tool handles?

We all occasionally have to replace a tool handle, be it an axe, a shovel, a sledge, whatever. The standard handle materials seem to be hickory and ash. I've bought my share of hickory handles from ...
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What factors are considered when grading softwood

If I just want some cheap material for a project, I often consider using softwood (meant for framing and construction uses) dimensional lumber. In case I pass by a Home Depot store and I have to pick ...
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Given final dimensions in mm, how do I choose what dimensional lumber (in customary units) to buy?

I would like to know how to figure out what timber to buy for a 45mm x 46mm x 1.6m part. My lumber supplier sells boards in customary units (2x4, 2x6, etc.). Can anyone provide a solid method to work ...
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What's an appropriate wood type for making toy blocks?

The wife wants to create custom painted toy blocks as a gift for a friend. The block will be approximately 3 inches per side, or whatever dimension is convenient based on the wood I purchase. I plan ...
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Pyrography criteria to justify changing tools with different woods?

I have been using a binding-post interchangeable-tip pen (as seen in the third image here https://www.razertip.com/pyrography-pens.htm) from The RazertipĀ® Wood Burning Systems for over 10 years now ...
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How can I identify some of the common engineered boards/panels?

There are many different types of engineered wood out there with different names which can be misleading. To be a little more specific these are some examples I currently use. particle board plywood ...
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Choosing wood and finish for outdoor furniture

What qualities should I look for in woods to be used in outdoor furniture and what are some examples of woods which have those qualities? What finishing options do I have for weatherproofing wooden ...
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What kind of wood should I use for a storm door?

I need to make a new storm door since the previous one rotted. It was made of pine and developed decay quite quickly in the dado slots holding floating panels. I am thinking about using cedar ...
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Does Pine have any advantages?

I am referring to the broad category of SPF or "Spruce/Pine/Fir". Although easy to come by and cheap, these seem to have more disadvantages. Bleeding sap for one and a large tenancy to all kinds of ...
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How can I make a sliding interior 'barn' door?

I want to make a door similar to this: What kind of wood would you recommend and what would be the best way to build it? I am guessing it would need to be reinforced from the back?
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What common woods produce the safest/most harmful dust?

I inherited a bunch of my tools from an woodworker who had developed a severe lung condition due in part to sawdust. I've had lung problems my whole life so have been mindful of this via dust ...
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Steambending Softwoods

I have read that there are only two softwoods that steambend well, Pacific Yew and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Are there any other softwoods that have steambending properties that are comparable to the ...
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What wood is best for engraving?

I'm looking at getting into wood engraving for print, something like this: EDIT - I've just found out that the person that created this bird recommends birch plywood for beginners. Is this a good ...
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What minimum level of hardness (on the Janka scale) is appropriate for a desk top?

A friend of mine asked what wood to use for his desktop and said, "I'd be fine with pine, since I assume it's cheaper." I told him that I wouldn't use pine because it's so soft and would dent easily, ...
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Similar wood to Koa

Long story short, I recently got a chance to visit Hawaii a few months ago, and while there really fell in love with all of the Koa wood stuff they have there. The wood is really beautiful, but the ...
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Easy to carve wood that takes a burn well

So I'm looking for a wood, but not sure which species would apply to what I'm looking for. Ideally, I would like a wood that is easy to carve by hand, but has a good color/grain and would take a burn ...
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What woods are soft enough for glazier points?

I'm working on building square picture frames and holding in glass, image, and cardboard backing. I'm concerned that certain hard woods may not be appropriate for glazier points; in particular I am ...

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