What timber to use

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    Brandon Philpot
    Brandon Philpot
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    I live in Arkansas and have access to all of the native timber here. We have white and red oak walnut cherry yellow pine ash hickory pecan maple birch sycamore and a whole host of other trees. My question to everyone is what would be the best to use for a new frame

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    Brice Cochran
    Brice Cochran
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    The oaks would be at the top of my list.  Cedar is good but not very strong.  Cherry and Walnut are always incredible to see in a frame.  No experience with the birch.  Yellow pine is good but will move and twist alot.  Hickory is incredibly hard to work with, but I still have a piece in my house.  Remember you can mix the species to make some really cool spaces.

    Have you see/hear these two resources? Check out the comments in the written article.

    https://timberframehq.com/episode-6-getting-to-the-heart-of-timber-species-with-will-beemer/

    https://timberframehq.com/timber-framing-101/timber-species/

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    Brandon Philpot
    Brandon Philpot
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    What makes the hickory so hard to work I have built kitchen cabinets out of it. I know I had to keep all of my tools extremely sharp but other than that I enjoyed working with it.

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