How many different species of wood do you have in the shop? I’m working on a shop project that has drawers galore. They’re small, but they are many. In order to kick it up a notch, I decided that each of my drawers should be fronted by a different wood. As I began to scavenge around the shop, I was amazed at just how many different woods I could gather. My number is 17. Some of you guys, especially turners, are sure to have more woods in your shop than I, so get out in the shop, take a count and report back.
Here’s my list of on-hand woods: Walnut, Cherry, Tiger Maple, Birch, Sapele, Mahogany, Bubinga, Basswood, Sassafras, Holly, Zebrawood, Birdseye Maple, Red Oak, Wenge, Poplar, Ash and Koa. (The koa shown above was found in my truck behind the seats – thanks, Joe for stashing it there years ago.)
If we had developed the “scratch-n-sniff” portion of our website, you would know that when cutting these woods, the best smell is from sassafras and the worst is from zebrawood. (If you’re an equestrian, you know the smell of zebrawood; it smells like horse hooves to me.)
I need 21 different drawer fronts, so I’m off to the local wood store.