Selecting the right kind of wood for a wood crafts project can be a bit confusing. The availability of different types of wood will further make the selection process more difficult. Going with a certain type of wood requires knowing about its various properties and how well it suits with the wood craft project.
This is important because choosing the right type of wood will determine the quality of the finished product. Moreover, different types of wood have variations in their structural properties that can affect how it can be used in woodworking. Below are some factors to consider in choosing wood for your wood crafts project.
Quality of Wood
The quality of the wood is a key factor that determines the ease of work and quality of the finished product. The qualities differ for various types of wood and influence the process of working with the wood, the appearance and feel of the product, its durability, and suitability to the area where it will be placed. The structural properties of the wood will largely decide its usage in various kinds of woodcraft projects.
It is better to opt for wood from a warehouse or hardware store that does not have any coatings or treatments done on them. Carefully observe the wood before buying to view its natural features, which will determine whether it is suitable for the intended work or not.
Soft or Hardwood
The woods that are commonly used in woodworking are divided into two softwoods and hardwoods. This classification of the woods is based on some of the properties of the trees from which they are derived. Softwoods are much simpler to work in any kind of wood crafts or woodworking project. They are lightweight, soft, and have ability to bend that makes it ideal for any of the works.
While choosing the wood, make sure to verify the moisture levels present in them. Wood with high moisture content will vary in their appearance and features causing damages when dried up. In addition, make sure to opt for a straight piece of lumber than bent or twisted pieces, and also check for any cracks on the surface.
Lumber that is purchased from wood craft supplies stores can be chosen on the basis of their dimensions such as thickness, length, and width. Another important factor to consider while selecting wood is to be aware of the measurements of lumber that is utilized in the wood industry.
A 2 x 4 lumber has actual dimensions of 1.5 by 3.5 inches. This means that sizes above 2 inches are measured as half an inch less and one inch is represented by an actual measurement of 0.75 inches.