How to Narrow Down Your Wood Choice When Planning a Project

The most important step of your woodworking project is picking out the right wood. Source: Pixabay

One of the most important steps of your woodworking project is picking out the right wood. Source: Pixabay

There are a number of decisions that you’re going to have to make when you first begin a woodworking project, but one of the biggest factors of a successful project is the wood you pick to make it. The following are a few tips for choosing what type of wood you want to use:

  • First of all, you’ll want to figure out if you need to use hardwood or softwood. Some projects require the use of both – such as a violin or a workbench. It’s really dependent on your project.
  • You’ll want to choose a wood that is stable and has a vertical end grain so it won’t be as affected by changes in humidity. This is especially true if you are planning to build furniture or woodworking hand tools that require a great amount of stability.
  • You’ll need to choose from numerous types of wood cuts, which means you should become familiar with all of them. They include riven lumber, riftsawn lumber, quartersawn lumber and plain or flat sawn lumber. The more stable the cut, the more expensive it is, but the better it will make the final product.

Keep these tips in mind and contact Schutte Lumber for more tips on working with wood in Kansas City.

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