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Alder

Beech

Black Walnut

Characteristics:

Alder is characterized by its straight grain and even texture. Its reddish brown color often looks similar to Cherry. While Alder is often used to mimic Cherry, its rich tone is beautiful. And certainly warrants use for its own distinct qualities. Though it dents relatively easy, it offers a stable surface.

 

Recommendations:

Alder can be either painted or stained, depending on your application. The rich tones allow for a staining similar to Cherry, while the even texture make this wood a great painting option.

Characteristics:

European Beech is a heavy, pale -colored, medium-to-hard wood. It is a fine, tight grain and has large medullar rays. Beech is similar in appearance to maple and birch. One excellent characteristic of Beech is the fact that it does stain and polish well. Beech is a wood with high crush strength and medium stiffness.

 

Recommendations:

Beech provides an excellent staining surface. Because of its similarities to maples, another stain grade option would be  Hard Maple  wood- a more economic option.

Characteristics:
Black walnut is considered a rare wood type, and it is quite durable and strong. Its coloration can be light to chocolate brown, and may contain burls, butts, and curls. The sapwood is usually white in color, and may be as high as 25%, but we have it steamed to make it a light coffee color, allowing for better color uniformity.
 
Recommendations:
Walnut is a beautiful stain grade wood type that easily complements other walnut products.
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Cherry

Hard Maple

Hickory

Characteristics:

Cherry wood is moderately heavy, hard, and strong, and it also machines and sands to glass-like smoothness. Because of this, Cherry finishes beautifully. The heartwood in Cherry is red in color, and the sapwood is light pink. Components made of Cherry generally consist of approximately 25% sapwood and 75% heartwood.

 

Recommendations:

Cherry is a stain grade wood. A more economical option to mimic cherry would be the Alder wood species.

Characteristics:

Hard Maple is considered our stain grade Maple, because it is more consistent in color than its “cousin,” Soft Maple. The wood is characterized as dense, and light in color. Similar to our Soft Maple, Hard Maple is a fine textured and close-grained wood that does not require filling.

 

Recommendations:

Hard Maple provides a smooth and clear surface for finishing of any kind. Whether you are choosing a light stain or a dark stain, we recommend hard maple as your go to wood type. Although Hard Maple offers a smooth painting surface, a more economical option is the Soft Maple.

Characteristics:

If you are looking for strength, hardness, and durability; Hickory is the best commercially available wood in North America. The grain is normally straight, but can sometimes be irregular or wavy. Hickory has a coarse texture, with a great deal of color variation between reddish brown, lighter brown, and white. Color variation may have a striped appearance.

 

Recommendations:

Hickory has a very unique color variation that adds dimension and texture to rustic style homes. Hickory is a stain grade option for projects where such variety adds to the detail of the design.

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Mahogany

Red Birch

Red Oak

Characteristics:

Not only one of the most valuable timbers in Africa, this species is also one of the foremost cabinet woods in the world. Mahogany is characterized as having straight to interlocked grain and a medium coarse texture. The wood varies slightly in color from a light reddish brown to a medium red.

 

Recommendations:

Our Mahogany is a Sapele Mahogany and is recommended for staining.

Characteristics:

The heartwood of Birch is red in color. While it is softer than Red Oak, it does actually have a tighter grain, which makes it very easy to finish. Red Birch is similar to Cherry in its appearance, as well as in its density and its resistance to abrasion.

Recommendations:

Red Birch offers a great finishing surface for a variety of finishes. For an economical option for painting try Soft Maple

Characteristics:

Red Oak is a wood that is known for being very hard, heavy, and strong. However, given its density, it is actually fairly easy to work. Like Hickory, it does have a coarse texture. Red Oak turns, carves, and bends well. It is also characterized by having excellent sanding and finishing properties, and great stability. 

Recommendations:

Because of its unique grain patterns and texture, Red Oak is recommended as a stain grade option.

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Rustic Alder

Soft Maple

Tiger Maple

Characteristics:

Rustic Alder is a hardwood of medium density that features a color range of light browns with reddish hues. Knotty Alder, being true to its name, features large split knots and open knots that vary in size. The knots can come in a variety of shapes and colors which can cause the knots to take stain differently than the rest of the wood. Some knots may also be completely through the wood, making this wood a perfect choice for rustic style projects. 

Recommendations:

Rustic Alder is a specialty wood option and is recommended for staining. 

Characteristics:

Having medium density, hardness, and strength, its machining and finishing properties are good, as is its stability. This fine-textured and close-grained wood does not require filling. Soft Maple exhibits color variation including gray mineral streaking and sapwood. This does not lend well to staining, so Soft Maple is recommended as a paint grade.


Recommendations:

Soft Maple is considered a paint grade because of minor mineral streaking, in addition to its close grained texture creating a more than adequate painting surface. For light stains and clear coat finishes try using our Hard Maple for a clearer, more consistent finish.

Characteristics:

Tiger Maple has a unique pattern to it, the pattern travels across the grain and can look like stripes, waves or small flames. The curly grain can make tiger maple less stable than straight grained maple. Tiger Wood is a hard durable wood and is a frequent choice for custom-made furniture.

 

Recommendations:

Tiger Maple is recommended with a stain or clear finish to accentuate the unique curly grain of the wood.

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Western Red Cedar

White Oak

Characteristics:

Western Red Cedar has twice the stability of most commonly available softwoods. Although Western Red Cedar is one of the world's most durable woods it however lacks in strength. Western Red Cedar has a uniform texture and is also a straight grained wood. One great characteristics of Western Red Cedar is that it is one of the easiest woods to work with.

 

Recommendations:

Western Red Cedar can be used with a variety of finishing options.

Characteristics:

White Oak, an American hardwood, ranges in color from a very light color to a light to dark brown heartwood. White oak is much harder and heavier than the Red Oak. White oak is characterized by a mostly straight grained wood with a medium to coarse texture. The white oak will exhibit longer rays than that of the Red Oak, giving it more figure. The tighter, straighter grain pattern does not allow stain to penetrate the grain as easily resulting in a more consistent finish.

 

Recommendations:

White Oak is recommended as a stain grade wood.