All About Wood...
For wood lovers like us, there is no such thing as too much information.
It is a compulsion to learn, play and share the knowledge as our
means to enjoy our woodworking craft.
For you newbies, I have added a few notes on each type of wood,
as I get a chance to either use it or do some research. I do extend
a big thanks to all of my customers that have shared their knowledge
and experiences to create this wood and woodworking knowledge base.
A few notes:
The Tree Species: Tree
researchers are finding out new things everyday about the genetic
makeup and family lineage of woody species so don't be surprised
if you find contradictions on the Internet... some of the best in
the industry belong to the association listed above so if it is
important to "get it right", talk to the experts.
Tree Usage: This
is kind of a moving target these days. If you look at traditional
usage of a particular species say even 10 years ago, I'd guarantee
that it has changed... every day new exotic woods are arriving from
far away places and supplanting traditional North American species...
do your homework and make sure that what it is that you are thinking
about using is infact appropriate to your application.
Weight: keep in mind
that density can vary dramatically same species to same species,
just based on geographical location and orientation within the forest...
trees grow faster on the outskirts and slower in a dense forest,
creating trees of different weights just based on where they are
located. Numbers given are only mean as an approximation.
Machining: One man's
(woman's) "easy" is another man's difficulty so use these
suggestions only as a guideline.. Only buy a little of a particular
species until you are sure that this is a wood you will enjoy playing
wear a mask and don't take chances.. Alot of woods that are of relatively
limited distribution have never been analyzed for toxins, AND never
will be unless they become mainstream. And even if they all were
analyzed I still couldn't guarantee their safe usage. Everyone has
different sensitivities so be your own judge.
Have fun in your shop and be safe!
Your may want to check out an organization I belong to:
International Wood Collectors Association