Choosing Your Wood Species
Hardwood Wood Species
Withstanding the Test of Time
Hardwoods are more stable throughout the seasons and tend to shrink and expand a little less. This is another reason hardwoods are more expensive. Their tighten grain structure helps repel moisture absorption over time as your new furniture settles into your home.
White Oak is the hardest wood we use and will stand the test of time. It is hard, heavy and has great wear resistance. If you have children that will be using this table regularly White Oak may be the option for you.
Walnut is known for it’s beautiful grain and color. The color can vary from a yellow sapwood to a deep brown heartwood making every piece unique. Because this wood is so sought after it does run on the higher end, price wise, but there’s no denying its beauty.
If you’re looking to buy a hardwood table but don’t want to spend the amount of money that a white oak and walnut table run, Maple finds a perfect happy medium. Table’s made from Maple will stand the test of time while also being one of the most affordable hardwoods.
Softwood Wood Species
Softwoods are types of wood that come from coniferous trees, such as firs and pines. Softwood species of wood are less expensive than hardwood because they grow quickly and need to be replaced more often. They are softer and dent and scratch more easily but have amazing knots and character.
The test measures the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimeters (0.444 inches) into the wood to a depth of half the ball’s diameter.