Introducing the Wood
There are two main types of woods, hardwood and softwood. They both have physical property. The main physical properties of wood include: color, luster, texture, macro-structure, odor, moisture, shrinkage, internal stresses, swelling, cracking, warping, density, sound – electro – thermal conductivity. Сolor, shine, texture and macrostructure determine the appearance of wood.
Wood has chemical and physical properties. The principal chemical properties are ability to burn, bad conductant of electricity, and does not dissolve in water. The principle physical properties of wood are strength, hardness, stiffness and density. Dense types of wood are usually hard and strong.
Here are some chemical properties of wood below:
When we are beginner in woodworking, we always have a common problem which is how to choose the types of wood for woodworking. There are many types of wood used in woodworking, from inexpensive softwoods to rare hardwoods. Think about your budget and your projects when you select wood for your plan.
Softwoods: Common and Inexpensive
In woodworking, veneer refers to thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 3 mm (1/8 inch), that typically are glued onto core panels (typically, wood, particle board or medium-density fiberboard) to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets, parquet floors and parts of furniture. They are also used in marquetry.