What is the Best Wood for Woodworking?
As a furniture maker, some of my most favorite types of wood to work with (especially when woodworking hand tools) are black walnut, quartersawn white oak, cherry, beech, poplar, eastern white pine, and southern yellow pine. I use a lot of Southern Yellow pine because you can get it at most hardware stores as construction lumber, and if the boards are 10-12 inches wide, you can cut out the center and use the quartersawn pieces on the edges (see my other page for more details). Different types of wood are good for different purposes when building furniture, so it’s important to research what is the best wood for furniture projects that you’re building. For example, when building a chest of drawers, a primary (expensive) hardwood like cherry or white oak would be great for the exterior and visible parts and pine or poplar would work well for interior parts that most people won’t see often.