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Lumber Types

Pine

Red Oak

White Oak

Cherry

Poplar

White Hard Maple

Mahogany

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Doors & Cabinets

Lumber Types


Here we describe various types of lumber we commonly use. We present scanned samples (sample size indicated) of each. Click on a sample for detailed discussion.

 

We also use other species of wood to meet client requests.

Pine

Advantages: readily available, machines well, stain grade
Disadvantages: relatively soft, exhibits knots

Red Oak

Advantages: Strong, stain grade, readily available
Disadvantages: None of Note

White Oak

Advantages: Strong, stain grade, readily available
Disadvantages: Scarce wide boards

American Cherry

Advantages: Uniform grain, strong, stain grade
Disadvantages: None of Note

Poplar

Advantages: Machines well, few knots, paint grade (smooth grain)
Disadvantages: relatively soft

White Hard Maple

Advantages: Uniform grain, strong
Disadvantages: Expands and contracts with humidity changes

Mahogany

Advantages: Machines well, uniform grain, stain grade
Disadvantages: limited availability, expensive


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