Woodsense: Spotlight on Sapele
Despite some challenges, sapele’s color and lively grain make this wood worth
the effort it takes to tame. Read on to learn how to select the best boards and
make the most of them.
Woodsense: Spotlight on Mesquite
any East Coast woodworker about their experience with mesquite (Prosopis
julifora), and it’s likely to involve a grill and a choice cut of meat. On the
other hand, furnituremakers and turners throughout the Southwest know that
within this small, twisted, thorny tree lies more than a potential pile of
Woodsense: Spotlight on Olivewood
Woodsense: Spotlight on Sassafras
A domestic hardwood with old-time folklore flavor.
Woodsense: Spotlight on Black Walnut
Of the world’s several walnut species, it’s the American black walnut (Juglans nigra) that claims the title of most beautiful.
WoodSense: White and Red elm
A century ago, Dutch Elm Disease (DED) decimated millions of elm trees, many of which adorned American city streets. (Fun fact: “Elm” is the 15th most common street name in the USA.)
Woodsense: Wood Discoloration
Generally speaking, discoloration and staining are bad things – just ask anyone who does the laundry. But sometimes, nature has a way of turning a disadvantage into an asset.
Woodworking craftsmen the world over regard genuine mahogany as the finest of all furniture woods. It has the qualities to recommend it for pieces of lasting beauty–from incredible working characteristics to durability, stability, and a wonderful luster.
When it’s okay to screw up your wood
With the Wood Threading Kit—which offers precision cutters—you can make short work of cutting both inside and outside threads, though a few precautions are in order.