I have a good supply of wood in my workshop. Ash, birch, black walnut, oak, cherry, cedar, pine, apple, and a few exotics that I don't like to use. They are very toxic and require extreme precautions to cut and sand. They irritate skin and mucous membranes, so I try to avoid the using them. Anyway, I chose black walnut. It cuts and sands nicely. It also has a nice grain that adds to the look of the project. Apple will be my next one, it makes nice tool handles too! The local apple orchards let me have all the fall trimmings I can carry off. Nice people and their apples and produce are great!