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Look, we totally get that it can feel intimidating to go pick out lumber when you’re new to woodworking.

Between the new terms and measurements (I’m looking at you, board foot) and the massive selection of different types of woods to choose from, you have a lot to come to grips with.

As a new woodworker, it’s really easy to jump to the conclusion that hardwoods are expensive or too fancy or tough to work with for you to use in your projects.

So you might be tempted to stick to construction 2x4s.

And you can do that.

If you’ll lend us your ear for a few minutes in the video above, we’d like to educate you on a couple things:

  1. The difficulties you have to put up with when using construction lumber
  2. The hardwoods you could try instead

5 Inexpensive Woods You’ll Love to Use

  • Soft Maple
  • Poplar
  • Beech
  • Knotty Alder
  • White Oak

Those are the woods. But watch the video to dive a little deeper.

Marketing Manager – Woodworkers Source
We’re a family-owned lumber & woodworking supply retailer with 3 delightful stores in Arizona, and 35 friendly employees.
Corey oversees marketing in-store and online for Woodworkers Source. He’s a sucker for dark hardwoods like Walnut and Wenge, yet has a soft spot for Canarywood.

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