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News: Some general thought on hardwood

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Added 10 December 2010, 5:07 PM
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The reason you choose hardwood is the beauty of the wood and wood grain.In my opinion your craftsmanship and design should be geared to show off the natural beauty of the wood grain, otherwise why choose hardwood.Also stain is such a waste unless you are trying to match something else.The natural colors in wood are so much more appealing than any stain.A good clear coat is the key to protect and display the woods beauty.Of all of my projects the ones that get the most accolades are not the ones with outstanding workmanship it is the ones with the most unique wood beauty and features.

I like to think of hardwood projects as creating art but the cool thing is you get credit for the wood.I start with great wood and design the project from there.This makes for the best results but that is not always possible.What happen most of the time is you have a project and go get the wood for the project.You should allow yourself the most flexibility in the wood selection process.

This can be accomplished by changing dimensions to complement the great piece wood or location you use certain pieces in the project.I find a rough sketch with only the fixed dimensions that are dictated by the space available and approximate the rest allows flexibility.Also don't get hung up on one kind of wood.Some very beautiful projects happen by mixing contrasting wood colors (walnut-white oak, cherry-birch/pecan).You can tool wood straight so for heaven sakes don't approach a stack of lumber like a carpenter and only buy the straight and right length boards.Buy the boards with the most character.

In short start with as blank of a canvas as possible when you start looking for your wood.


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