This is a very simple project and not much can be added. I would encourage you to use a good neutral hardwood for the blade. I am not sure what this wood was as it came from some pallet lumber but it looks and works like a good hard maple. Be sure to save a few cut-off or scrap pieces of the blade to fill in the part where the handle overhangs to make it a solid piece. You can see that I did that in the video but I didn't mention it.