Types of Wood
Poplar is the wood most commonly used when pricing is a concern or if painting is an option.It is normally greenish with light tones and sometimes has dark streaks. It is a hard wood with open grain that accepts a large variety of stain colors and paints well.The grain pattern is mild.Poplar is an inexpensive wood that is normally chosen for its price.
Pine is a very popular wood and is mostly used for moldings and interior doors. Used to be an inexpensive wood, and is now on the climb (in some cases pine costs more than oak). Pine used to be the wood of choice, but now is giving way to many hardwoods. Pine is a soft sap wood that will scratch and dent easily, and does machine well when cutting,sanding or drilling. When staining pine, a stain controller should be applied first before staining. This will help keep a color consistency since pine is a sap wood and can become blotchy when stained alone.Pine will accept a large variety of stain colors from very light to very dark colors.
Red Oak is the wood most commonly used for fine wood furniture and hardwood floors.It is normally pinkish and sometimes has a brownish cast. It is a hard wood with open grain that accepts a large variety of stain colors and stains very well in all colors.The grain pattern is course & active.Red oak is a popular choice when upgrading woods & its pricing is very affordable.
Maple is a light colored hard wood that is very tight - grained. Because the wood pores are so tight, it does not absorb heavy amounts of stain. Maple is a wood that is normally stained light in color and enjoyed for its natural appearances. The grain pattern is more consistant and refined as compared to the oak. Because of its tight graining, maple is a smoother wood of choice. Pricing is higher than the Red Oak.
Mahogany is a tropical wood that is brought out of South, Central America & Africa. Medium to hard wood densities and a uniform pore structure make for good staining. Color characteristics range from tan to reddish-brown with occasional ribbon stripes. This wood is used in making very high quality furniture, cabinetry, libraries & bars. Mahogany is a dark wood that stains dark and gives a very classy appeal.
Cherry is a fine grained hard wood with natural pink coloration's, typically enhanced with medium to dark finishes. This is definitely a very rich looking wood, and is used with formal & traditional (very fine) furniture styles. Cherry is a wood that stands out from the rest. Also a smooth texture wood, and when finished properly, it can have a very smooth as glass finish.Polishes very well. Often maple is used as a cherry substitute for pricing purposes. Cherry is priced higher than the above woods.