A versatile, dimensionally stable hardwood, perfect for turning and shaping and able to blend with walnut, mahogany or cherry when stained. Not ideal for exterior use.
Bigleaf Maple A.K.A. Pacific Coast Maple
Bigleaf Maple is slightly softer than hard maple, making it more dimensionally stable and easier to machine, yet still extremely durable. Finishes very well.
Juniper & Western Juniper
Juniper is highly durable (similar to redwood and cedars) and has aromatic properties. Tests have shown juniper wood to machine, glue, and finish well. Once dried, juniper wood shrinks and swells less than many other Pacific Northwest species.
Ash is very strong and has excellent shock resistance (hence its use in baseball bats and tool handles). It takes well to machining and accepts finishes beautifully.
White Oak produces good results with hand and machine tools. Has moderately high shrinkage values, resulting in mediocre dimensional stability, especially in flatsawn boards. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. Responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
Pine & Blue Pine
There’s quite a range in density and strength when it comes to the Pinus genus. Take one of the species of southern yellow pine, Shortleaf, for instance: it has strength properties that are roughly equivalent to Red Oak (with the notable exception of hardness)—and in some categories, such as compression strength parallel to the grain, the pine is actually stronger! Yet there are also a lot of types of pine that are considerably weaker, and while they certainly have a prominent place in the construction industry, by using all species interchangeably with the generic name “pine,” we create a very inaccurate picture of this interesting wood genus!
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