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Wood Description
Oak - Unfinished Oak is the wood most commonly used for ready-to-finish furniture. It is a very hard, open-grain wood that comes in red or white varieties. Red Oak, which has a pinkish cast, is the more popular of the two. White Oak has a slight greenish cast. Both woods stain well in any color. Oak - Sugar Maple
Pine - Unfinished Pine is a soft wood that comes in many varieties from various parts of the world. In the U.S., Eastern white pine, ponderosa pine and sugar pine are some of the varieties used to make furniture. All have yellow coloring with brown knots and are excellent for staining. With some stains, a sealer helps prepare the wood to achieve a more even look. Pine - Sugar Maple
Alder - Unfinished Alder is a hardwood from the Pacific Northwest. It is very consistent in color and takes stain well. It ranks third behind oak and pine as the wood most commonly used for ready-to-finish furniture. Alder gives the look of many fine hardwoods at a reasonable price. Alder - Sugar Maple
Aspen - Unfinished Aspen is a softer, light-colored, even-grained hardwood. It accepts most stains well, but may need a sealer or a coat of mineral spirits to achieve an even stain. Non-penetrating stains work best on this wood. Aspen - Sugar Maple
Para - Unfinished Parawood from the Far East is used for much of the furniture made in that part of the world. The wood is as hard as maple or ash and takes a very even stain. It is yellow in color, with grain similar to mahogany. Para - Sugar Maple
Maple - Unfinished Maple is a hardwood which colors range from a cream to a light reddish brown. Maple is usually straight-grained and sometimes found with highly figured bird's-eye or burl grain. Maple is hard and strong and has excellent resistance to abrasion and indentation. Maple - Sugar Maple