Now let’s get into various aspects of wood, including quality, grade, cost, grain, color, durability and availability, wow how am I going to choose. Rino has a good site to help, also woodandshop.com can help with your decisions.
A good thing to keep in mind if cost comes into the mix, keep your eyes open for material that others may consider scrap or just want to clean out some old wood in their garage. For instance my son-in-law was wanting to clean his garage and had some wood, most in the rough, he has been storing for years. I took most of it and found a piece of birch (in the rough) that had enough material for a small desk top. I cleaned it up in the shop and made a top for a treadle base I had purchased and refurbished last year. The wood turned out to be beautiful once cleaned up and coated with poly, sometimes like they say, ‘a diamond in the rough’, this was one of those cases. Oh yeah the Wenge (Inlay and border) was left over from another project and worked well as accent here. Good scrap hunting!!