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Danielsmith12
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Wood for door

I am looking for suggestions on the best wood to use for a front entry door that will be stained and varnished. The door will have west exposure for my office college essay writing service, and we can get high humidity during Michigan summers and sub-freezing temperatures in winter. The door, transom, sidelights, and frame will be created of the same wood. I am looking for a wood that will last without binding/warping/splitting or other potential issues. So far we're leaning towards solid  oak or mahogany Any insight would be appreciated. 

Bill
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Surely some one has written and essay on the subject wink. I have a feeling wood is prone to all of the above you mentioned some just to a lesser degree.

r.garrison1
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Because of the humidity, I'd look at anything historically used for boats. Teak? 

 

eddiemac
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It is probably the coating and its application that will make the difference.  Actually, yellow pine is not a bad choice.  Cypress, redwood?

c comeau
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As I was raised  in a small town woodwork manufacturing buisness and later went on to work in it, its not really the type of lumber being used which will make the differance. One major factor i was thought was trees should be dormant when cut down. Another big factor is going to be the finished used. We've made many entrance systems over the years and mostly use pine for the frame and used many other other types of wood for the door but overall we preferred to use pine also. And we have pretty similar weather as michigan here.

 

AjayMehra
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Mahogany is easy to work with and lends itself well to hand carving, embossing, engraving and other customizing options.

AjayMehra
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Mahogany is easy to work with and lends itself well to hand carving, embossing, engraving and other customizing options.

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r.garrison1
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Florah, what mill do you have? I suspect you are trying to send out a resume. Helga is doing the same, but is a bit more blatant about it. I'm actually not sure if the original poster is doing this also, because he made certain to link some keywords in his post. Norwood, can you check if these are valid? I would hate to drop perusing this site if it becomes overrun with such drivel.
eddiemac
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I asked Florah and Helga to do some sawin' fer me - quartersaw'n my hedge - and they couldn't do s--t! Bet they couldn't make toothpicks. That Helga is a pretty piece though; wouldn't mind to drag her cross my log.
r.garrison1
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Aww, I bet they could make toothpicks. Take the whole tree to make one, though.
DavidM
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Lol - maybe sharpen a pencil. Toothpicks are very difficult for a first project.
Ben Kendall
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Hi, good question for choosing wood for your door. You mentioned moisture resistance in your post, and moisture resistance is one of the most valuable properties of wood. You should study the characteristics of different breeds and compare them with each other, prices are also subject to comparison, because sometimes the family budget is not too large. If you decide to purchase softwood lumber, pine is the cheapest option. This fast growing and beautiful tree is well protected from water, but it also has a drawback: softness. The pine board is very easy to scratch. Lumber made from spruce, larch and cedar will cost a little more. Larch wood is especially popular, because in terms of moisture resistance it is significantly ahead of other species. If larch is supposed to be used, additional protection of wood from moisture is hardly required. However, you can always use special impregnations for moisture treatment. If you know very little about the properties of wood and do not understand what characteristics to pay attention to when choosing it, I recommend that you look on YouTube for videos in which experienced wood craftsmen talk in sufficient detail about different types of wood and their properties. I managed to find about a dozen of these videos there, and I noticed that most of them were posted on channels that had at least 34 thousand subscribers, I'm sure their owners used https://soclikes.com/buy-youtube-subscribers services in order to wind up subscribers.

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