Red Oak is an extremely strong, tough wood that has a pronounced open grain. Red Oak has a slight orange or reddish hue. This is the wood you want if you love a warm look. Go into any antique store in America and you will find furniture over 100 years old made of oak.
Quarter Sawn White Oak
Quarter-sawn means cutting into the log at a 90-degree angle to the growth rings which gives it a special grain pattern. If you love a lot of mixed grain patterns in your furniture quarter sawn is for you. Some pieces actually resemble mahogany in grain pattern. The White Oak has a cooler white to sage undertone.
Brown Maple combines the browns, tans, whites and creams to give a rustic feel. Because it is a softer hardwood staining it certain colors can make the finish appear blotchy. This wood is great for staining medium to dark colors or painting.
Hard (White) Maple
Maple is the hardest domestic wood that we have here in the US. It is used extensively in furniture making because of its fine texture and durability. Maple is basically cream or ivory in color with minimal grain. This wood captures light and brightens space. It is so hard and non porous stains mixed with dye work best.
Bird’s Eye Maple
Bird’s Eye Maple carries a distinctive pattern resembling tiny eyes that disrupt the smooth lines of the wood’s grain. The pattern occurs from an unknown phenomenon, with high speculation making this wood a rare and valuable find. Colors regarding this maple range from a creamy light amber to a deeper amber with red and dark brown hues as it nears the heart of the tree.
Curly (Tiger) Maple
Known by many names the Curly Maple or Tiger Maple was given its name for the pronounced pattern of stripes and wave like lines that develops during its figuring or growth process where the wood fibers distort. Highly prized in furniture and musical instruments. The pattern comes to life as light can reflect from different angles to almost come alive and create truly unique furniture.
Cherry is a hard durable wood that has a reddish-brown tone with a tight, straight grain that becomes darker and richer as it ages. This is preferred by folks that want a slight but elegant grain. Takes stains as good as any wood. This sample represents an aged piece of cherry.
Walnut is a rich chocolate or purplish brown in color with hints of grey, black and even dark blue. It has a beautiful grain pattern and is the only dark brown domestic hardwood. Over time is will take on a bit of a golden brown color, but it is very slight and mostly unnoticeable. Walnut isn’t as hard as red oak or maple but it is harder than cherry.
Mahogany has a generally straight, even textured grain and is usually free of any voids or pockets. It has a natural light reddish brown color which darkens to a medium reddish brown over time, and displays a beautiful reddish sheen when varnished or polished. It absorbs stains evenly when darker finishes are desired. It has excellent workability, and is very durable and slow to deteriorate. These properties make it a favorable wood for furniture and boat making, as well as for making fine musical instruments, and other durable objects like fine art carvings and even tools. Honduras mahogany is one of the best woods for machining, cutting, and planing. Honduras Mahogany can be sanded beautifully smooth easily and efficiently while routed edges remain crisp and sharp as the wood is strong and dense. Honduran Mahogany is imported from renewable forests. It is the only wood we use that is imported. Some confuse “Mahogany” as a finish color because many manufacturers name certain stains “Mahogany”. Mahogany tree species can vary quite a bit and many older African Mahoganies are no longer used.