Wood Species Alder
Wood Species Alder is a relatively “soft” hardwood characterized by its warm tone and quiet grain pattern. Though it displays an “even” grain appearance, its softer nature makes it quite receptive to a wide variety of stains and finishes.
Generally consistent in color, its heartwood may exhibit darker brown hues with shades of red. Like many closed-grain wood species, Alder reacts to light and will have a tendency to darken over time. (Light Distress is highly recommended when using Alder.).
This specie is generally more porous than most hardwoods and has a very moderate grain density. Due to this natural condition, Alder has a tendency to more readily absorb stains.
This trait can result may manifest itself through the display of a darker overall coloration than other related species. Depending upon the stain color chosen, it may also display a degree of blotchiness.
Wood Species Cherry
Wood Species Cherry is an exceptionally elegant hardwood, defined by soft grain patterns and rich tonality. In its natural state the specie may exhibit deep reddish-brown heartwood, while having areas that are slightly yellowish, pink, or even gray.
These variations will be more visible in product finished in lighter colors.
It is a closed-grain specie and may exhibit a slight mottling effect depending upon the chosen stain color. Cherry will display some of the following natural “marks” pin knots, sap wood, mineral streaks, and pitch pockets/gum spots.
These facets are a vital part of what gives Cherry its beautiful appearance. It is important to note that Cherry can react quite actively to light and will generally darken and redden over time. The natural tendency of this specie to redden can result in a surprising changing of coloration in material pigmented with lighter-tone stains.
Wood Species Maple
Wood Species Manufacturer uses Maple, defined by its subtle and elegant grain pattern. It is an exceptionally hard wood specie with closed pores. These characteristics make it less receptive to stain than many other species. It is common for this specie to exhibit a mottled or blotchy look when stained with mid to darker tone stains. Maple’s general coloration ranges from a yellowish-white to a light tan shade. Mineral streaks are common in Maple and turn darker when stained. The size and frequency of mineral streaks will vary and Manufacturer will allow streaks that are equal to or less less than 1/8“ wide and 2” long. Maple is generally responsive to light and its overall color will change (usually towards a light yellow shade) over time.
Wood Species Red Oak
Wood Species Manufacturer uses a Red Oak, known for its strong and varied grain patterns. The “open-grain” texture of Oak adds to its prominent appearance. It varies in color, ranging from a light pinkish tan to a light brown, with occasional greenish hues. Oak machines well and is generally receptive to a variety of stains and finishes. It is a time-tested hardwood known for its durability and versatility.
Wood Species Walnut
Wood Species Walnut is an exceptionally beautiful and stable hardwood whose traits are strongly defined throughout the history of woodworking. Grain patterns range from straight to varied; providing striking depth when finished in natural to lighter tones. This specie’s native coloration fluctuates from dark brown to a purplish black. Occasionally, portions of the wood may exhibit light brown streaks. As a naturally dark wood specie, Walnut responds in a more subdued manner to most stain colors, though its inherent cellular characteristics make it very receptive to most pigments.