Re: Choice of USA Grown Wood for Rebuilding
As far as wood goes, here are a couple of thoughts:
Structural members: White oak or black locust are neck and neck for top spot. If you can source the black locust locally, I'd go that route; if not white oak will be great. Don't use the red oak!
Plywood: For interior, a good exterior grade ply will be fine (as long as you seal it properly as noted above.) I've had really good results using MDO; the faces are already sealed, and it takes paint like a champ.