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    Best wood for a novice?

    Post by fester on Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:16 am

    Im still contemplating my first build and had decided on beach for the stock but was warned that beach is a pig to work with and walnut is preferable. Any input would be welcome. Im limited to general DIY and hand tools. Jigsaw bench drill ect.
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    Re: Best wood for a novice?

    Post by Gnome on Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:41 am

    I second the walnut- easy to work and great looking.
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    Re: Best wood for a novice?

    Post by kenh on Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:20 am

    Beech is a good wood, but for a novice with hand tools Walnut or Oak are preferable
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    Re: Best wood for a novice?

    Post by Geezer on Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:05 am

    Mostly I work in walnut and cherry.  Not too hard, reasonably stable woods that finish out nicely.  Oak, red or white, is strong and stable, but rather hard.  In the old days, I worked mostly in mahogany... it's lovely: easy to cut and shape, finishes out beautifully.  Mahogany varies in hardness.  The darker/redder stuff is harder.  The golden 'bay' mahogany is soft and very easy to work... maybe a little too soft.  Woods to avoid like the plague: ironwood, rosewood, purpleheart, rock maple. Just don't go there.
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    Re: Best wood for a novice?

    Post by fester on Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:13 am

    I've found a timber yard that stocks reclaimed oak railway sleepers at a good price. Is there any any reason it would'nt be good for the tiller? that is if it's not split or damaged.
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    Re: Best wood for a novice?

    Post by Geezer on Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:21 am

    Oak should work out fine.  It's a bit hard, but otherwise quite acceptable.  Better if grain runs more or less top to bottom.  Geezer.

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