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Reader's Choice--10 Top Woods to Work With

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2 slides side by side of oak grains

Red Oak

Even after centuries of popularity, northern red oak still outsells all other hardwoods. And luckily, it's plentiful, comprising about one fifth of the standing timber species grouped as red oak.

Red Oak

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Comments (5)
patco21 wrote:

What happened to Qtrd. White Oak. My favorite.

5/27/2011 09:35:20 PM Report Abuse
thunder3795412 wrote:

White ash is fun to work with, and looks similar to oak. I use it when I want to turn it on the lathe, as it cuts easier. When stained, most people don't know the difference.

5/26/2011 07:05:46 PM Report Abuse
Norton wrote:

I would have liked to see Mesquite make the list. It's a dream to work with, but hard on the blades... Awesome figure and durable. makes great floors, etc.

5/26/2011 03:17:40 PM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

White pine is probably the most used wood in America. I get a kick out of home centers offering "white wood". I always mess with them asking "gee, is that from a white tree?" For some reason they're reluctant to admit that it's pine. My personal favorite is red oak. I've made some truly wonderful things using oak. It works well, stains well, and is very durable for furniture applications.

5/26/2011 03:01:08 PM Report Abuse
songbirdfeeder wrote:

I'm very surprised cedar didn't make the list. It's so easy to work with and makes great outdoor furniture.

5/26/2011 12:03:49 PM Report Abuse

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