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I building a tool cabinet right now and I plan on doing a few more projects for the garage/workshop. I am looking at plans that call for hardwood but do not specify the kind. Considering the project is for the garage I don't want to spend extra money if I don't need to.

Can anyone recommend a good inexpensive hardwood to use for garage projects like shelfs and carts?
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Alder. It costs me about $1.70/bf for 4/4, it's easy to work and takes most any stain well.
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Alder. It costs me about $1.70/bf for 4/4, it's easy to work and takes most any stain well.
I don't mean to be ignorant but are you talking about a 4" by 4" piece for $1.74?
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Dave,

Wood thickness is sized in quarters. 4/4 means a piece of wood approximately 1" thick.

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Wood thickness is sized in quarters. 4/4 means a piece of wood approximately 1" thick.

Purchasing Lumber | The Wood Whisperer Woodworking Video Podcast and Blog

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Wow. I just got done with the video and realized I was over charged for the last few boards I bought!!! I thought a bf was just a foot of the board regardless of width. Now that I know what a bf is I will be much better prepared to shop for my next project.

I really appreciate the advice and the link. The video was very educational!
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Hardwood trees are those that loose their leaves for winter.
I made a tool chest for the garage shop. Used cherry. Paid $4bf for it but I'm happy with it.
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Ash is currently on sale for $2.49/bf @ Rockler if you're going.
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Dave.. you have to look carefully at the prices, especially in the big box stores, as they sell a lot of their hardwood by the lineal foot.

Another good choice is poplar, it partly depends on where you live. Here in Alaska, 4/4 poplar and 5/8" soft maple start around $2.30/bf but birch is about double that and hard maple (nearly clear) triple.

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Hardwood trees are those that loose their leaves for winter.
I made a tool chest for the garage shop. Used cherry. Paid $4bf for it but I'm happy with it.
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I didn't know that about the trees although my wife probably did if I would have asked her.

That is a very nice chest. Did you design it or get plans?
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Dave.. you have to look carefully at the prices, especially in the big box stores, as they sell a lot of their hardwood by the lineal foot.

Another good choice is poplar, it partly depends on where you live. Here in Alaska, 4/4 poplar and 5/8" soft maple start around $2.30/bf but birch is about double that and hard maple (nearly clear) triple.
All of the hardwood I've bought at Lowes has been by the linear foot. I just found out what a bf is when I watched the video in this thread.
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