What Kind of Wood Should You Build With? | WOODWORKING BASICS

What Kind of Wood Should You Build With? | WOODWORKING BASICS

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  1. David Perry on January 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I like red oak the best. I like it in 1×4, 2×2, and 1×2 formats.

  2. Edgar Araujo on January 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Great great great great
    Video simple —-> straight to the point…thanks again
    God Christ Bless.
    We never stop learning
    and really good to share.

  3. Justin Tyme on January 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    if you hammer pine with a rounded head hammer the dent will smooth out as the humidity increases , i use this method when i want close joints , i deliberately dent the meeting points on the wood , then dampen with water to close up the gaps

  4. daddybear236 on January 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    What would you recommend to make drawers, boxes and shelves for a walk in closet?

  5. Robert Kattner on January 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    The best wood is particle board, furniture manufactuars cant be wrong, MFD is my favorite. Easely cut, routed, glued, finished.

  6. r5cpt on January 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    So, avoid MDF like the plague. Got it.

  7. Luis Sanchez on January 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Good and simple information

  8. jared rawlings on January 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Australian bullock wood

  9. Matthew Palermo on January 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Your intros always give me a chuckle. They don’t seem to get old!

  10. Bill Bye on January 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Enlightening! Thank you.

  11. Elio Camey on January 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    What an awesome video! Probably the best for woodworking newbees like myself! 😎👍

  12. Erik Iacopelli on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    The lumber sold across the street from me is TERRIBLE!!! I have NEVER found even ONE board that was straight. Cuz here in PR most lumber is left outside in the rain. I miss the states lol

  13. MoosesWorkshop on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Wood rules!!!

  14. Huy Bui on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Who were the 300 "geniuses" disliked this video? I’m completely different than I was 15 minutes ago, about wood. Thank you Steve 🙂

  15. Missouri Bob on January 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    The big problems with MDF is that if you even think about water near it, it starts to rot and crumble. That and when you try to move your project the edges and joints disintegrate. One thing I’ve been doing is making my own trim work, including cove molding out of pine 1x’s . I can’t afford oak or walnut. So I spend time in the big box store picking pine. Then run it through my router about 5 times to get a custom trim design. Then stain it. It looks great and 1/2 of my house now has customized trimwork.

  16. john bobz on January 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    We have lots of ebony tree even walnut tree redwood blood lumberd ,but eventually they are ilagal
    You can only use is bunch of pine99x wood gemilina wood fuck this wood coconut wood

  17. Justin Tyme on January 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    why the sales bullshite at the end ???

  18. matthew yandle on January 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    excellent video for beginners.
    One correction id like to note though. Fir trees are not a sub category of Pine trees ( they are both in the "Pinaceae" plant family which is where you may be getting the confusion) and most of the wood you handle in the hardware store when discussing the "pine" is Canadian Frasier Fir and Balsam Fir (Abies Fraseri and Abies Balsamea). One easy way to see the difference is if you walk down the aisle of a hardware store in the 2 by, or framing section, you’ll notice the wood color and grain structure will change when you go up in size from 2×6’s to the 2×8’s. thats because Fir trees are used for 2x6s and smaller but framing codes require the tensile strength of 2x8s and higher to be higher than Firs are capable of and thus are cut from Pines (usually Southern Yellow Pine SYP "Loblolly Pine" on the east coast, and Western Yellow Pine WYP "Ponderosa Pine" on the West coast)

    There are roughly 50 Fir Species of Tree, and roughly 120 Pine Species of Tree. they both have unique characteristics, will react to stain and oils differently, have different shrink rates and Janka hardness ratings, will burn differently when using techniques like shou sugi ban, and take to steam bending very differently.

  19. Hudson Davis on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Your a raiders fan??

  20. palak patel on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

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  21. Michael Enochs on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I’m here watching your video because I went to Home Depot and Lowe’s and nothing, and I mean nothing was marked with what kind of wood it is. You’d think something as basic as the name of the tree would be labeled! I simply wanted Pine in 2×4. It didn’t say hardwood or softwood, or any name at all. They had dimensions with SKU numbers. I think I could get by with visually looking for pine since it’s knotted very much and that’s what I wanted. Well here we go!

  22. Michael Castrillo on January 16, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Best woodworking channel on YouTube and there are a lot of good ones. Thanks Steve I’m just starting to try to get into woodworking and I have learned so much from you.

  23. mike conley on January 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for your time.

  24. MIke78015 on January 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    very informative video. Thanks for the info from someone who is new at this with no experience

  25. Prayas Arya on January 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Your surname Ramsey reminds me of Lord Ramsey from Games of Thrones. Face is also similar to the character.

  26. Will on January 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Douglas fir is not pine; it’s douglas fir lol.

  27. uncle Ben on January 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    As a manager at the lumber yard feel free to pick through the boards. With that said it is not realistic to expect and employee to do this for you. If you want an order pulled and ready when you get there you will get a mix of warped and good boards typical of the variety on the shelf. Also, if you choose to sort through my boards please put them back on their shelf or stack them back in the bunk. Try to come in the morning if you want to avoid the inevitable stack of warped boards on the top and in front. Most lumber yards I have been in cull in the morning or evening before or after close of business.

  28. DrThunder88 on January 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    The Menards, Home Depot, and Lowes near me do not stock Baltic birch plywood, rather they only carry birch veneered pine plywood. While the difference is perhaps subtle, it’s not insignificant. If you can dent the edges of the laminations with your fingernail or if the face veneers are only as thick as heavy card stock, it’s not Baltic birch. It still could be fine for the project, but it will not be the good stuff.

  29. Andrew W on January 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Another great video 👍👍👍👌👌👌

  30. Roy Zafar on January 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    What about Kel Wood?

  31. Mark Harris on January 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you very much for this video, probably the most useful I’ve ever seen.

  32. John Martinez on January 16, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Good video

  33. Nautilus20 on January 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Had a good video run til I saw that raiders hat. Ha! Good vid.

  34. Jayes SS on January 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Hi great video, easy to understand and informative. I am planning to make a TV panel, one that protrudes from the wall and is from top ceiling to floor, having the TV flush. What would you recommend and from watching your video would I be correct in guessing Pinewood the frame?

  35. User Unknown on January 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the info!!!!👏

  36. BisdremisKostas on January 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    here in Europe i recently came across a board of American walnut … Damn its a fantastic wood Beauty!!!

  37. Ricardo Junqueira on January 16, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    More than a million views and only 16k likes? C’mon people!!! You can do better!!! Thanks Steve for your videos!

  38. jrea424 on January 16, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I have been messing around with pallets. Its great to practice with! I can get them free and I have made a couple shelves and a little coffee table.

  39. jeremy lowe on January 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Where are these online retailers you speak of that will ship you hardwoods? I haven’t found a single one yet.

  40. Joshua Tree on January 16, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I’m a yard associate at 84 lumber and learning this is really cool and more informative than anything I’ve come across on youtube!

  41. Roland Métayer on January 16, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Canada wanted to ship truck loads of Canadian lumber to the USA. Your President slapped a tax on Canadian lumber being exported from Canada to the USA . Imagine how low the cost of your lumber would be, with no import tax and a WEAK CANADIAN DOLLAR ! ! !

  42. dan guralnek on January 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Hello Mr Ramsey, I get get really good hardwood off cuts for free from a local joinery factory, they are all hardwood that is for sure but… they are all different species and colours. I wouldn’t even know what species they are. Do you think I will have any issue gluing up tabletops and other joints from different unknown species? will different expansion and contraction rates cause me a problem. I plan on selling what I make so I don’t this stuff to fall apart on me?

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  44. Joel Alexander on January 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Appreciate the quick guide.

  45. Steven Matthew Lucas on January 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm


  46. Burntsider on January 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    On true pine trees, the needles are arranged and attached to the branches in clusters of two (red pine group), three (yellow pine group), or five (white pine group) needles per cluster. Spruce and fir trees have their needles attached individually to the branches.

  47. Dr. Shaun C. Rice on January 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I could’ve did without the commercials💆🏾‍♂️

  48. Jamie Reese on January 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Who gave this video a dislike. I wanna know why?

  49. Landon Gall on January 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    This is great! Thank you

  50. Sydios on January 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    To make a small box as a gift should I use softwood or mdf?