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    What's your favorite wood

    Can I ask a question and post a pic? What's your favorite wood? I really love walnut - but my customers keep asking for paint grade. I was fortunate enough to have a recent client ask for walnut (it helps when you bring the sample with you with some finish on it). Here is a walnut media center finished with Waterlox - sealer and then gloss - I also love that finish. All around a great project.

    What's your favorite wood? What would you finish it with?











    The upper doors fold up and in like barrister doors and the lower section is giant drawers. I have also made a king size bedframe for a client out of walnut. Another favorite. Thinking about a tall clock out of walnut - anyone made one?

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    Surprisingly with a last name like mine, Ash is NOT my favorite wood.

    I like Cherry and Maple used together, finished with laquer.

    Red Oak is what I use the most of, finshed in Polyurethane.

    As always Gail, nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gail O'Rourke View Post
    What's your favorite wood?
    Free wood.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Cedar beyond a doubt. It can be used for so many different things, it is beautiful, and it smells great.

    But, I would use maple or walnut if I was attempting beautiful cabinetry like yours Gail. And, I would only be attempting, not achieving what you have managed.
    Cheers, Frank

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    cherry-n-walnut in that order....both finished with amber schellac-n-lacquer.
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    Cherry is abundant around here, but I enjoy Mahagony, Maple, Butternut and Ash too. I've done some work in Oak, but it isn't my favorite by far.
    -Ned

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    More of your excellent work Gail. I also like walnut, along with Mahogany. The open grain of these make a nice high gloss finish hard to achieve, but if I'm really feeling lazy on finish I'll go to cherry.

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    Wow Gail, your walnut piece really sings! I work with walnut a lot, then cherry and maple. I'm just "oaked out" for a while.

    Maybe you could put together a "notebook" of scraps of different wood with a variety of finishes. When I show samples to prospective clients, they almost always change their minds.
    Don't believe everything you think!

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    That piece is impressive Gail!
    My favorite is usually the one I'm working with! The woods I've enjoyed most are those that have been reclaimed from something else and already have a history in someone else's life when I start my project.

    Red elm is one of the prettier woods I've used IMHO, but it's not the easiest to work with. I like QSWO, mahogany, and curly maple alot too. I love walnut up close ...just wish it wasn't so dark.
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    Good looking piece Gail! I really like the walnut too! I just finished a built in unit and used speaker cloth in a couple door panels to hide the components. I like the grid a lot, but the components showing seems to take away from the beautiful work you did! The speaker cloth is great because the remote IR will go right through it.

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