Which Wood Type Should I Choose for my Furniture? (Wood Types Compared)
Which Wood Type Should I Choose for my Furniture? (Wood Types Compared)

Hi there and welcome. I’m Beth and we’re
getting into answering our frequently asked questions in this series of videos.
We’re going to start with one of the most popular questions we get which is,
What type of wood should I choose for my solid wood furniture? The six most
popular wood types here at Dutch Crafters are Oak, Quarter Sawn White Oak,
Cherry Brown Maple, Walnut, and Pine wood. Now let’s start with oak, Oak is a highly
durable light-colored wood. It has a well-defined grain pattern. Oak is an
ideal candidate for furniture that sees heavy use. While it has a traditional
look, oak can be used with many different styles. Now let’s look at quarter sawn
white oak. Quarter sawn white oak wood the oak log is quartered then it’s
turned and cut again and this creates a unique grain pattern. Now, quarter sawn
white oak has the same durability and strength as your oak wood but it has
added resistance to cupping and warping due to the unique way that it’s cut.
Quarter sawn white oak is a great candidate for your bedroom furniture and
it’s popular for mission and shaker style furniture as well.
Cherry is another popular hardwood that’s most notable because of the way its
color changes over time with exposure to light. This beautiful darkening occurs
even after the wood is stained. Cherry has a rich, fine, straight grain that
makes it a beautiful choice for elegant dining furniture.
We’re on to brown maple. Brown maple wood comes from the heartwood of the log,
which is the wood that’s closest to the center of the log. It’s rich with streaks
and variations that contribute to a unique wood grain. Brown maple is sleek
and smooth; it’s easy to paint and it works well in contemporary furniture.
Now what about hard maple? Hard maple comes from the Sap wood, or the outermost
portion of the log. Same strength and durability as Brown maple but it’s
heavier and denser. And we’re moving on to walnut wood. Walnut comes from the
heartwood of the tree: remember that’s the wood closest to the center of the
log and in a walnut tree this is where the wood is a rich deep brown. The result
is a dark tone wood that looks especially stunning in a natural or
linseed oil finish. Walnut is a great candidate for an executive office
furniture and stunning dining furniture. We move on to pine wood. Pine is a softer,
lighter toned wood available at a much lower price point. Pine wood is often
painted but it can be stained with a dark stain to preserve the quality of
the wood grain. Pine is also popular for your country style furniture, your
farmhouse style furniture, like farmhouse tables or beautiful pine hutches. These
are just a few of the wood types available here at DutchCrafters. For a
full overview, please visit the wood types page in our Learning Center or
follow the link here. We encourage you to order stain samples
of any wood types that you’re interested in. Please call a furniture specialist at
our toll free number or place an order here. What questions would you like
answered in a video? We look forward to hearing from you. Please leave your
questions in the comments below. I’m Beth Rice for DutchCrafters. Thanks
so much for watching!

6 thoughts on “Which Wood Type Should I Choose for my Furniture? (Wood Types Compared)”

  1. DutchCrafters Amish Furniture says:

    What's your favorite wood type? And what question would you like us to answer in our FAQ series? Comment and let us know!

  2. Kim Y says:

    walnut seems the best

  3. th3azscorpio says:

    Cherry and Walnut.

  4. ananta sujan says:

    What about beech? Is it durable? Is it best over oak?

  5. Waleed Khan says:

    How is deodar trees and Dalbargia sisso /INDIANA ROSEWOOD for furniture ?

  6. hugo bin says:

    Great video!

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