Wood Types

Real wood furniture is extremely durable and long lasting, and is available in various colors, grains and hardnesses. Furniture beautifully crafted from real, solid wood, can be handed down for generations and remain in great condition after decades of use.

Our furniture is available in a wide variety of woods, each with its own distinctive grain patterns and colorations. Among the most popular choices of hardwood are alder, ash, beech, birch, maple, oak and parawood. Among the soft woods are eastern white pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, and Radiata pine.

Alder is a hardwood from the Pacific Northwest. It is very consistent in color and takes stain well. It ranks third behind oak and pine as the wood most commonly used for ready-to-finish furniture. Alder gives the look of many fine hardwoods at a reasonable price.

Birch is fine-grained hardwood that grows primarily in the Northeast and Canada. White in color, it takes any color of stain well.

Maple is especially abundant in the eastern U.S. It is a very light-colored hardwood with a very even grain texture. Eastern maples are generally harder than western maples because of the colder winters and shorter growing seasons. Both are very durable and take any color of stain well.

Oak is the wood most commonly used for ready-to-finish furniture. It is a very hard, open-grain wood that comes in red or white varieties. Red oak, which has a pinkish cast, is the more popular of the two. White oak has a slight greenish cast. Both woods stain well in any color.

Parawood from the Far East is used for much of the furniture made in that part of the world. The wood is as hard as maple or ash and takes a very even stain. It is yellow in color, with a grain similar to mahogany.

Pine is a softwood that comes in many varieties from various parts of the world. In the U.S., Eastern white pine, ponderosa pine and sugar pine are some of the varieties used to make furniture. All have yellow coloring with brown knots and are excellent for staining. With some stains, a sealer helps prepare the wood to achieve a more even look.

Radiata Pine is a plantation-grown wood from South America that is harder than other pines and has fewer knots. This variety of pine has a beautiful grain pattern and takes stains well.

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