How to Choose the Right Wood for your DIY Project

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How to Choose the Best Wood for Your DIY Project

Choosing the Right Wood for a Project

There are two main things to look for when you are searching for the right wood for your DIY or craft project.  You need to decide which kind of grain you are looking for, and if you need a hard or a soft wood.  It is important to get the right combination of hard or soft wood, and open or closed grain wood.

If you are building a butcher block you would want to use a hardwood, and a closed grain so that liquids and juices do not become trapped in the wood.  That is why maple is such a common butchers block wood, because it is both hard and has a closed grain.

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3 comments for “How to Choose the Right Wood for your DIY Project

  1. Peppi
    January 19, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Thanks, this was great. It would be great to get some photos of the wood/material as well. Could that be possible? Thanks in advance! :)

  2. Leslie
    January 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    This is such a helpful resource.
    I’m wanting to copy a table runner I saw at a friends house made of slices of branches of a very dark wood.
    Do you have any suggestions where I might be able to get ahold of something suitable for this kind of project?

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