What type of wood is the best for making coffee table legs?

What type of wood is the best for making coffee table legs?

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  1. Wood cut on the rift is best because it will display a compatible grain pattern on all sides. Other cuts are distinctly different.

    What type of wood is the best for making coffee table legs?

    Photo ref. PLAIN SAWN VS. RIFT & QUARTERED – LaCrosse Flooring
    Here is an exampe with the rift sawn leg on the left…

    What type of wood is the best for making coffee table legs?

    (Photo ref. Composing with Grain )
    Generally the legs are from the same or contrasting wood to the remainder of the piece.

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  2. I think in most cases the wood used to build a piece of furniture is the same for all parts. Again, there is no best. It pretty much comes down to your preference, how much money you have to spend on the project and so on.

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  3. There is no such thing as best wood. Each tree species has its own color, grain characteristics and hardness. Some wood works well when painted, others are fine for square sides while others are good for turning on a lathe. Woods with large pores will require filling and sanding and generally more finishing time if a very smooth surface is desired.

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  4. Normally the same wood as used for the top so that the piece looks uniform. You can certainly use a contrasting wood if you like. Really any decent hardwood should be OK.
    In something like a chair grain run out is a big concern. Run out is where the wood fibers don’t go the whole length of the part, …

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