Historically, some woods have filled many purposes, while others served only one or two. The tough, strong, and durable white oak, for example, was highly prized for shipbuilding, bridges, cooperage, barn timbers, fence posts, and flooring. On the other hand, woods such as black walnut and cherry became primarily cabinet woods. Hickory was made into tough, resilient tool handles. Black locust was prized for barn timbers and treenails. ...
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