White oak grows in the Central and eastern United States
and is quite heavy and dense. White oak is on the higher
end of the price scale and is used primarily for indoor
furniture since the grain takes stain well.
Oak | Thin
Sawn White Oak | Quarter
Sawn White Oak
Similar to White Oak, Red Oak is also quite heavy and
dense. Consisting mostly of heartwood that has more of
a pinkish color to it then the white oak. The straight
open grain of red oak makes it ideal for fine indoor furniture.
Oak | Thin
Sawn Red Oak
Grows throughout the Eastern United States and Canada, Maple is a dense hardwood
that has distinctive grain patterns. Maple can be tricky to finish due
to the uneven grain patterns. Maple works well for flooring and surfaces
that are prone to abuse.
Maple | Thin
Cherry grows mostly in the Southern and Eastern United
States and is known for its good steam bending properties.
Cherry is moderately hard and dense. Cherry has machine
workability and takes most clear finishes quite well.
Cherry | Thin
Common in the Eastern United States and Canada Walnut
is hard with a varied grain pattern. Walnut is also very
rot resistant which makes it good for outside construction.
With easy workability and good staining qualities, walnut
is used for both indoor and outdoor furniture.
Walnut | Thin
Found throughout the South Eastern United States this
straight grained hardwood is quite dense. Ash is used for
bending and takes glue ups and finishes well. Used commonly
for handles, bats and general furniture projects.
Ash | Thin
Birch is harvested mainly in the North Eastern United
States and is used for furniture construction and finishing
pieces. Being moderately hard with a tight grain, birch
is easy to work with However it does not take stain well
and has a tendency to blotch.
Birch | Thin
Originating in West Africa Padauk is an exotic hardwood
with fairly course grain textures. Padauk is another species
of wood that is very rot resistant. Padauk is used commonly
for furniture and for wood carving and turning. The high
cost makes more common for smaller projects.
Just one species of Rosewood, Bolivian Rosewood has a
fairly even grain that is easily worked with power and
hand tools. Since Rosewood is expensive (sometimes sold
by the pound) so it is used mainly for carving, turning,
inlays and veneer.
Native to South and Central America Mahogany is a moderately
heavy exotic hardwood with a relatively straight grain.
With great rot resisting characteristics mahogony is for
both outdoor furniture and boats, but is also used extensively
for indoor furniture. Mahogony is quite expensive so it
is generally used for finer pieces of furniture.
Teak mostly originate from South East Asia although it
is harvested in Central America as well. SInce teak is
very hard it will easy dull steel blades and drill bits,
carbide is a must. Teak is also known for it's resistance
to rot which makes it ideal for outdoor furniture. However
the high cost makes it expensive for anything but smaller