If you ask me what kind of wood that an amateur carpenter should work with, the answer would be the Balsa wood. While balsa is hardwood, it is well known for its softness. It is really easy to cut with the help of a basic knife or jigsaw. It is also very easy to sand and paint on the surface of the wood. You can apply other kinds of finishing products on it as well. Last but not least, balsa wood boards are available in all kinds of sickness, making it suitable for all kinds of woodworking project.