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I am new to wood working. I bought the oak park spacer fences for making box joints. So far I just have my router screwed on the bottom of a piece of melamine for a router table. So far I have only used 1 x 6 pine to make 2 boxes with only a little tear out because my backing block was not tall enough. I am wondering what woods would be good for for a biginner. I would also like recomendations on plywoods for boxes as I would like to make a larger box later on. Thanks in advance.

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Hi Matt

baltic birch plywood works well it's a little hard to find and it's a bit high in price, you need to mill it with some 1/8" MDF on the front and the back side of the pass to keep the rip out to a min.

I would suggest using 1/2" thick baltic birch plywood for most boxes,drawers, etc.

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I am new to wood working. I bought the oak park spacer fences for making box joints. So far I just have my router screwed on the bottom of a piece of melamine for a router table. So far I have only used 1 x 6 pine to make 2 boxes with only a little tear out because my backing block was not tall enough. I am wondering what woods would be good for for a biginner. I would also like recomendations on plywoods for boxes as I would like to make a larger box later on. Thanks in advance.

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Hi Matt,

Living in Seattle I would think you would have access to quite a few types of woods. If you want to use solid wood you might consider talking to some woodworkers and/or hardwood retailers in your area to get an idea of what's readily available and how much they cost.

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soft woods are mostly what is comercially grown around here but being in a port city I can get about anything a person could want locally. I just wonder what woods a beginner should start with to build confidence.

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hello Matt...

good woods to start out with would be, fur, pine (make sure to avoid the knots!!) and popular. Pretty much affordable, readily available and easily worked.
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Greetings Matt and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us.

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Welcome to the forum mah. I couldn't help but notice you're avatar; is that a "no dog-pooping zone" pic or a "no egg-laying dogs allowed" or what?
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Thanks twoskies on the pine fir and poplar recomendations. I noticed that poplar looks kind of green in color. Does it always stay that way? And Noob, as far as my avatar, it is a picture that my mother-in-law took of a playground sign in Holland. It reminds me of what I need to do every time I let the boys go outside to play. The backyard is also my only workshop so scooping is part of woodworking for me.

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Matt...

Popular will "fade" out a little in time.. but if you got green, you got green. Nothing wrong with the wood...justone of those things that probably has some scientific reasoning behind it but I have not a clue what it might be *L*...
Popular is wild in so much as that it can come in many different looks. Wait until you find some mineral stained popular. Colors can range from a deep purple, blue, green, black etc.. Not the entire board mind ya, just streaks running with the grain. Can be very beautiful stuff to work with...
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