Alder is a beautiful Pacific Northwest
hardwood that not many customers know about. Alder's appearance is close
to natural cherry and it stains well. Alder is very beautiful without
stain. It will, unlike cherry, stay the same color in appearance without
turning darker over time.
Cherry is a fine and especially stable close-grained
wood and veneer, comparatively free from warping. It achieves an
exceptionally rich appearance with transparent finishes, and is gorgeous
under colored stains/finishes, adding to its prestige as one of the most
Maple is a strong, hard, and heavy
wood, which makes it extremely resistant to shock and abrasion. Its modest
cost and pleasing mild grain pattern make it a very popular consideration,
especially on items subject to hard usage. Commonly used for bowling
alleys and butcher blocks.
Oak's strength, moderate cost, and wear ability make
it a perfect choice for a long lasting kitchen. Especially resistant to
moisture - it is used in barrels, mainly because liquids cannot penetrate
the wood. Oak has a very appealing grain.
Pine is widely abundant, has a warm
appearance, and is very receptive to preservative treatment. The beauty of
pine is in the knots, which are defects in most other woods. It is
typically one of the most economical choices.