I tend to put off purchasing new lumber, primarily because it’s so time-consuming and expensive.
Choosing a board is sort of an art and largely based on the intended purpose. It seems best to go with one’s instincts here and the first choice is often the best. A lot of customers have preferences as far as color and so we do our best to choose boards that suit their requirements.
We generally buy a combination of red and white oak, but do use other types of wood for different projects. The rift sawn oak is especially nice for longer drawer pulls, but plain sawn works nicely too.