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LSU alum wannabe
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Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
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You’re favorite woods to work with.

Above box store quality.

I am fortunate to live where I do. I have lumber yards that have it all. My only limitations being my wallet and talent/experience.

I have really built two things only whose degree of difficulty disparity is comical.


Cutting boards and an acoustic guitar. I’d like to shoot for some projects in between.


TomSpanks
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2005
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I like the usual walnut, cherry, and maple. Cypress is super easy to work with too.


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Cracker
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in a box
Member since Nov 2009
14618 posts

Depends on finish
Paint popular
Stain oil finish maple walnut white oak


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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I've made stuff over the years with lots of different woods including cypress, Spanish cedar, mahogany, walnut, birch, cherry, oak, maple and teak.

My favorite for looks is walnut. I love the graining it has.

By far, the easiest to work of the above group is cypress, and I've used it many times to build things for myself and others over the years.

The biggest thing about cypress is if you plan on staining it. I find it is best to use a "piss coat" of 2 parts denatured alcohol and 1 part shellac applied to the wood first before staining to help it go on more evenly.

If you don't do that, there's a very good chance the stain will go on uneven with some real dark areas next to some pretty light areas.

I do my best to stay away from staining cypress and much prefer to simply clear coat it for a more natural finish.


If you've built an acoustic guitar, then you have a lot of patience and a good degree of attention to detail.


LSU alum wannabe
LSU Fan
Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
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you've built an acoustic guitar, then you have a lot of patience and a good degree of attention to detail.


Thanks.

She’s not the prettiest. But it’s a moral victory that it holds tune and has survived several string changes with zero issues.


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Nicky Parrish
Member since Apr 2016
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and an acoustic guitar

Woods used?
Being an acoustic player for decades I’ve given this a passing thought for years. My preference would be cedar over rosewood, 000 size.
This may be the year.


Jon A thon
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Member since May 2019
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Walnut, White Oak, Cherry, and Mahogany tend to be my go to woods. Mahogany isn't quite as good looking as Walnut, but is cheaper (African at least) and easy to work with.

See a lot of people saying they like working with cypress. I have made a few things with cypress. It's too soft for me. If I have to use a chisel to make a mortise or something, the wood just tears. Would much prefer harder woods if I'm doing any sort of traditional joinery.


shawnlsu
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Member since Nov 2011
23454 posts

I use sinker cypress a lot as well as black walnut.
I like the black walnut the most, but I have some pretty rare sinker cypress that is the most beautiful wood I've ever seen. It sat for over 50 years in a swamp that burned, so the outer grain is gray/black/purple with the core looking like sinker cypress.
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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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Mahogany isn't quite as good looking as Walnut,


I've built a few display cases and stands out of mahogany and find the grain to be rather bland, but you're right, it is nice to work with.

I use to be pretty regular at Riverside Lumber on Morrison Rd. in N.O. East off Downman Rd. They have a great selection of domestic and exotic hardwoods, but none of them come cheap. What I liked most is they allow the customers to pick through the lumber to get some nice pieces they want for their projects.


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LSU alum wannabe
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Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
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Woods used?
Being an acoustic player for decades I’ve given this a passing thought for years. My preference would be cedar over rosewood, 000 size.
This may be the year.



Spruce over EIR. And I made a OOO size as well.

Cedar is on my list. My next builld is to copy a D18


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lob1284
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Houma by birth
Member since Mar 2006
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I made a headboard for a bed last year out of soft maple and it was so nice to work with.

I have a bunch of cypress that I’m going to make picture frames with for my kid’s room when I have some time. Also planning to make an entry way table this year out of white oak and walnut (again, when I get time).


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