21 Hours Ago
Bob, of those hardwoods that you mention, I'd choose Walnut over the others. The others might well be ok, but tend to have a greater tendency to be somewhat warpy in thinner thickness if in wide dimensions as well. Quarter inch is thin, even Walnut might cup a bit unless it is tenoned into something or held in place by other means. Particularly straight grained Walnut is considered a fine wood to work, both with machinery and hand tools. Cedar is soft, and you might find the end grain crumbly if doing anything there with hand tools. White Oak is a better wood in terms of quality than Red Oak, and stability wise, if you had the option.
Isn't Titebond lll the brownish waterproof one? I use it, and the other types. It's a good glue but does tend to start to set up quick. As per my earlier reply, any of the types of Titebond should clean up and not interfere with a finish applied after. Just be sure to get all of the excess off with hot water and do a little sanding after the water and glue dries. Over large areas a nylon brush works good to clean off if the glue has started to set up in the midst of things, or a hard bristled toothbrush in fine areas. You can get what is called "creep", where even when the glue is technically dry it can still press out of a joint and give a slightly raised portion glue line. A tight joint will help prevent that and adequate drying before sanding and applying a finish.