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  1. Gary
    July 22, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

    For some reason this video will not play with the browser on my Boxee. Sometimes it will, sometimes not. If I load the YouTube app and search for your video it will play so it has something to do with the website. Do appreciate the text though.

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  2. Michael.
    July 25, 2016 @ 7:22 am

    G’day Steve.
    I have become a bit of a fan of yours. I like your earthy, straight-forward manner and also how you encourage others to have a go at woodwork.
    Some of your buying and product advice is not applicable here inAustralia, but your basic woodwork strategies and tool advice are universally excellent.
    Thank you for your sharing and advising. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Tim
    July 29, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    Absolutely right about the vast, confusing world that is wood. Sometimes I feel like there’s only two kinds of wood: pine and that other wood. But I’m getting there.

    Another phenomenon to mention about wood is that is has the ability to just appear when your friends find out you’re into wood working, especially wood turning. Sometimes it’s anonymous gifts left on the door step, sometimes it appears in the hands of friends coming to visit and other times it’s at the other end of a phone call from someone cleaning out a garage or basement.

    And it can take over your shop without much effort. Clutter expands to fill the space available. Offcuts replicate to fill your wood box or storage space. And as soon as you throw out that scrap that keeps falling on your toe you will find a use for it.

    Keep up the good work.

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  4. Stephen Johnson
    July 30, 2016 @ 7:33 am

    Another awesome and informative video! Since I turn smaller objects like pens, letter openers, and bottle stoppers, I get to sample quite a few exotic hardwoods and not go broke. Some of my personal favorites are — Cocobolo, Purpleheart, Zebrawood, African Blackwood, Rosewood, Bocote, Ebony, Thuya burl, Amboyna burl, Padauk. Never really had any reactions to the dust from these woods, but I wear a mask and have a dust collection system. Of all the hardwoods I’ve worked with, Walnut seems to have the most irritating dust. Other woods like Olive or Cedar of Lebanon (which I don’t think are hardwoods) are very aromatic. Always a pleasure to turn and look nice too.

    With these smaller turnings, I have to be a little more picky about selecting them to get nice grain patterns. Some woods like Zebrawood can look quite stunning with a diagonal cut. Pen blanks are normally already cut on the small side – 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch by 5 inches.

    Thanks again, Steve for another great video.

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  5. Chris
    August 23, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    That Purpleheart looks like an interesting wood. I wouldn’t mind seeing a project done with Purpleheart.

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  6. Ed Connors
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:43 am

    Hey Steve… great post and a ton of detail! Truly enjoyed the basic breakdown and clear pictures to illustrate the points. This is a great article for those just starting out or not sure what type of lumber to use on a project. Of course, I’m a little biased towards those exotic woods but they’re expensive. Thanks for sharing and again, great work!

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  7. Kirk
    October 9, 2016 @ 8:22 pm

    Steve,

    Great video. What kind of wood is that brown piece with yellow spots?!

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  8. Shad Morris
    October 19, 2016 @ 6:35 am

    My wife and I are thinking about doing some DIY wood working at our house, and we weren’t sure where to get the wood. I never knew that there were so many different types of wood that you can get from lumber yards. I really like that you say that pine is usually the most affordable. Since we don’t have that big of a budget, I think we may go with that one.

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  10. Princy
    August 24, 2017 @ 10:26 pm

    Amazing post. Wood is the most important thing. Which is wood long lasting?? I think Medium Density Fiberboard is best wood for furniture at home. What do you think?

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