understanding Wood Choices for your next wood project

Wood choices

understanding wood choices
understanding wood choices

The species of wood you decide upon should take into account the purpose you will be using it for, as well as the cost and the maintenance schedule. While specific species of woods have a general look, the grain varies from tree to tree & between heartwood (center of tree) and sapwood (outer rings).  The angles the planks were cut from the solid trunk will make a difference in the appearance of the wood as well.


WHITE OAK- hard & resilient wood. resistant to fungi &  insects. highly water resistant. open grain. Below $5per ft  clear coat

CHERRY- moderately hard wood. Pleasant color range. Great finishing qualities. Below $5 per ft clear coat

BIRCH- close grained pattern. Dense heavy & durable. pale color. Scandinavian look. Great in modern interiors clear coat or paint

 MAPLE- hard blonde wood. Closed smooth grain. About $6 per ft   Paint

CEDAR-soft fine grain wood. Rich red  color. weather to silver grey. Insect resistant. Light weight. About $5-6per ft  clear coat or paint

PINE- Soft wood. Pronounced grain. About $4 per ft  paint

MAHOGANY-straight open grain. Reddish brown. Very stable. $10-15 per ft   clear coat or paint

TEAK- Hard. Dense. weather resistant. brown in color. About $15 per foot   leave raw or clear coat

IPE- extremely dense light grain. Brown. No protection needed. Great for outdoor decks & furniture. About $8-$10 per foot  leave raw or coat

ASH- supple. Excellent bending qualities. Strong. Outstandingly smooth. Takes stain very well. Open grain. Under $5 clear coat or paint

WALNUT- Dense. Strong. Resilient. species of choice for warm rich high quality appearance. About $8 per foot  clear coat or paint




Published by Dana Carini

Sailing thru water. restoring and refinishing wooden boats and homes. Handcrafting a collection of last a lifetime- inheritable objects. ( worldsendny) Inspiration comes from the places we sail, the people we meet and the history of long ago.

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