Hardwood selector is free and fantastic
The (American) Hardwood Manufacturers Association has a free, easy-to-use wood species guide online, with all the info a woodworker needs, including working properties, design ideas, and images of each wood with various finishes on it. It is a great, free resource. I know I’ll be using it from time to time.
I only wish it included tropical and European woods, but hey, let’s not look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth. The hardwood selector is part of a larger Web site (American Hardwood Information Center) that is packed with fundamental info about sawing, grain, care, repair, sustainable forestry, etc.
Bookmark these sites, especially the Species Guide. You’ll return often.