As a home woodworker, you face a myriad of lumber choices when planning to build a new wood project. For home furniture, you may want to use hardwoods like maple or beech. Some elements could be suitable for softwoods such as pine or spruce. And for others you may want to use a combination of both. You will need a different approach for outdoor projects where weather-proofing is essential. Water-resistant lumber such as cedar and teak are both suitable choices. You can build more cost-effective fences and decks with pressure-treated wood. This chemically-treated lumber protects against termites, rot and fungal decay.
Sheet lumber is a good choice for tabletops, furniture sides and cupboard doors. You can choose good one side plywood which is cost effective. Producers make wider boards from joined planks. Look for sheets with well-matched grain patterns for the best project finishes. For wood art and craft projects, specialty woods are a popular choice. Give serious thought to your lumber choices before starting your wood project. Sound choices produce the best results.