Why use Hardwoods

Local West Michigan hardwoods sourced from our Mi backyard 

Hardwood comes from broad deciduous trees as opposed to softwood from conifer trees. Wood table tops made from hardwood are more resistant to years of wear and tear.

Best Types of Wood for Making Tables

  • Cherry Wood – The Best Wood For Formal Dining Room Tables.

  • Walnut Wood – Best For A Modern And Contemporary Dining Room Table.

  • Hickory Wood – Best For A Table With A Rustic Farmhouse Look.

  • Pinewood – Best For Making Cost-Effective Tables.


Hardwood comes from trees whose seeds have some sort of covering – like a nut, or berry – where softwood trees have seeds which are open to the elements, 

Oak is widely used for construction, joinery and quality furniture due to its strength and durability. The reason for oak's, and other hardwoods, impeccable strength is because they are from slow growing trees, which means the trees' cellular structure is more dense, compared to faster growing softwoods.like pinecones. The ultimate result is that the wood fibres from hardwood trees are more durable, less susceptible to dents, scratches and warping.

Advantages of Hardwoods

  • Longevity: Hardwood produces a very high quality product that offers great durability over time.

  • Easy maintenance: Hardwood is easy to clean, and scratches and dents can be fixed.

  • Strength: The trees' dense cellular structure gives the timber incredible strength


       Advantages of kiln dried lumber Modern dry kilns allow tight control of air flow, temperature and humidity so that all the timber dries uniformly and to the precise moisture content required. Kiln-dried timber can be machined to a superior finish than air-dried timber and therefore problems such as raised grain are virtually eliminated. Too much moisture can cause wood to warp over time, decreasing the longevity of your floors, ceiling tiles, or other reclaimed wood accents. Kiln dried wood that has reached its ideal EMC is ready for multiple different environments without losing its structural integrity. Purchasing kiln dried wood means you won’t need to worry about your wood’s health during the extreme temperatures of the winter or summer months, making kiln dried wood perfect for four season states.

 
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White Cedar

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Northern white cedar grows naturally in wet forests, being particularly abundant in coniferous swamps, where other larger and faster-growing trees cannot compete successfully. White cedar, which is light-weight and resistant to decay, is used to make products that come into contact with water and soil. The wood is used commercially for rustic looking furniture.

 
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White Maple

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White oak, is one of the preeminent hardwoods of eastern and central North America. It is a long-lived oak, native to eastern and central North America and found from MinnesotaOntarioQuebec, and southern Maine south as far as northern Florida and eastern Texas.[3]Specimens have been documented to be over 450 years old.  White oak is still the best all-around hardwood and remains in reasonably good supply. It is a valuable, rather expensive wood, but is usually less expensive than cherry and walnut. 

 
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Beach wood

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Beech has always been very popular in furnishings because it is clear, fine-grained, straight-grained and easy to sand. Its strength and bending capacity are particularly appreciated for the manufacture of chairs and sofas.
       Beech is a strong hardwood with a dense tight grain, resulting in a very even and subtle grain pattern, especially when compared to oak or ash. Beech takes a finish well, has quite the Scandinavian feel about it. The resulting timber is long and wide and therefore prized. Because it is often used in combination with more expensive hardwoods woods

 
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Poplar

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In most instances, poplar (or at least the wood sold as poplar in home centers) is actually the wood from the tulip tree. It is a creamy white-colored wood with brown or gray sections or streaks through the grain.
Poplar is a hardwood tree that produces soft wood when compared to other hardwood trees. The hardness of poplar is about on par with that of pine or cedar, but the cellular structure gives it a much finer grain and more pleasing appearance than the more coarsely grained softwoods.
Poplar is about as easy to work with as pine boards or other soft woods.Poplar is a hardwood tree that produces soft wood when compared to other hardwood trees. The hardness of poplar is about on par with that of pine or cedar, but the cellular structure gives it a much finer grain and more pleasing appearance than the more coarsely grained softwoods.

 
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Walnut

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Walnut wood is hard, heavy, and resilient, capable of resisting warping and suffering very little shrinkage. The grain is irregular but typically straight with a medium texture. The endgrain is semi-porous with distinct growth rings.

      Walnut is a strong, hard and durable wood that carves well and holds a good shape for a number of years. This makes it is an excellent choice for ornate furniture that requires intricate woodworking, such as a mantelpiece or headboard. ... Walnut furniture can easily last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.  

     New walnut has a consistent dark brown color but as it gets older it does two things. 1) Unlike maple and cherry, it gets lighter and 2) a rich honey color starts to come through the grain.

 
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Hickory

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Hickory is being used more and more for hardwood flooring, furniture, and cabinetry. Lending itself to an attractive rustic look and its hard-wearing properties, hickory is an excellent choice when durability is a key factor.

Hickory heartwood is a light to medium brown color with a reddish hue. The sapwood is a paler yellowish brown, creating a distinguished contrast of light and dark colors that look beautiful stained or unfinished. 

    Offers a rugged, all natural, outdoorsy look and feel. Heavy, hard and strong. Not easy to work with due to its exceptional hardness—hickory furniture requires a seasoned professional.

 
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Birch

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Birch is an extremely strong and durable hardwood that grows abundantly in North America. The species' beautiful appearance and blond color make it a great wood type for modern furniture. It has an elegant, clean-lines grain that complements simplistic interior design.

   Birch wood is a hardwood that is extremely strong and durable and so is a smart choice for solid hardwood furniture. Birch wood has a beautiful appearance; it is fine grained and has a pale color giving it an elegant look to clean line furniture designs.

  

 
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Splated Maple

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Spalted Maple is technically not a specific species of Maple, but rather a type of Maple that has been allowed to begin initial stages of decay. The partial decay, called spalting, gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood.


As you can see, spalted maple can provide some truly stunning patterns and textures. High contrast between the spalting and normal grain can give a guitar a more dynamic three dimensional look. Being a difficult wood to find, spalted maple always makes for a unique.

  

 
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Hard  Maple

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Hard maple is creamy white with a reddish tinge and usually has a straight grain, sometimes curly or wavy. Fine brown growth rings give an attractive figure on plain sawn surfaces.
Hard Maple usually has a lighter, more uniformed color. While Soft Maple is typically darker, sometimes carrying hues of brown, red, or even grey. "Hard maple" is the common term for two species of maple trees: Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) and Black Maple (Acer nigrum). Maple trees are one of the most common species found in the hardwood forests of North America. ... Hard Maple is more commonly found in flooring because it is more dense and it is a bit harder by nature, (about 25% harder that Soft Maple). We find that both species can produce a wide variety of grain.
effects.  It can take a beating and look great for years. Because it takes dark stains well, maple is often stained to mimic a pricier wood, like cherry or mahogany

 
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Cherry

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Natural cherry wood is perhaps the most prized furniture hardwood in America. Easily our most popular seller, cherry is a smooth-grained, reddish-brown hardwood that comes from the American Black Cherry fruit tree. Cherry is renowned among woodworkers and furniture aficionados for its color and aging process.  
Ash, Maple, and Cherry are more abundant as they grow larger but have highly sought after aesthetics in the grain which make them less expensive than Walnut but more expensive than some hardwoods. Birch is slightly cheaper than all of these because the natural tones in the wood grain are not as even.  

 

 
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Red Oak

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Red oak is well suited for furniture, flooring, cabinets, cabinet doors and paneling, and is available at most home centers. Red oak is porous and has open grains. It's more prone to shrink than white oak. Compared to birch or maple, red oak finishes and stains easily and doesn't have blotching problems.

     Red Oak. Red Oak is a classic wood type that is perfect for a traditional styled home. It has been a staple of Amish furniture builders and provides a warm, comfortable ambiance, making it a great choice for any traditional dining room.

 
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Red Cedar

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Cedar thrives in damp climates, enabling it to withstand many conditions. Cedar doesn't shrink, swell, warp, or decay even when there are severe changes in weather, Western Red cedar is mostly used for outdoor projects such as furniture, decks, and building exteriors because it can handle moist environments without rotting. ... Cedar is one of the most aromatic woods (hence, the cedar chest) and is strong enough to endure the elements. Cedar is durable and strong– Western Red Cedar is lightweight but stable and is less likely to crack and warp than even treated lumber. Western Red Cedar contains oils that act as preservatives to deter insect attack and decay.