Best wood for tripod legs?
Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:23 PM
I graded hardwood lumber for a living for a few years....hence my interest in the subject!
Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:05 PM
Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:16 PM
Ash is by far the best of all the "domestic" woods...
Stable/weight/beauty....next best would be true mahogany....very expensive....but nice.....I'm also an experienced wooden ship builder and know my woods!...As mentioned earlier.....ash period.....
Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:36 PM
Choosing wood solely on the specie will not guarantee it will function well in its application.
Of greater concern when choosing wood are things like "is the grain straight?', "can I get quartersawn pieces out of the rough lumber?", "how tight is the grain?", etc.
There is a reason that skilled woodworkers spend a lot of time looking at and thinking about rough lumber before they make the first cut. Many think it's because they want some time to drink coffee without being interrupted by work, but decisions made at this stage of construction affect the whole project right to the end.
At least that was my excuse. <g>
Posted 08 February 2014 - 04:14 PM
Wood is an interesting and complex material. From seedling to dressed lumber there are many variables that will determine the quality and usefulness of the final product.
As an example...the first cut taken on a green log at the lumber mill plays a huge role in determining the value and quality of the lumber that log will produce. A skilled sawyer can turn an average log into a great one with proper placement and a bit of luck.
There's a lot of thought put into that board you just bought. The quality may be awful. It most likely could have been even worse!
Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:07 PM
The sawdust can be very toxic, or so I've heard. Other woods too, I'm sure, but this one I've had a reaction to.
Any reason to NOT use Red Oak other than weight?
BTW thanks for all of the replies, folks
Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:19 AM
Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:20 AM
It is extremely hard, extremely dense, machines like metal, dulls tools quickly (due to high silica content) and likes to destroy screws. Not recommended.