The Right Lumber Types For The Job

If you are into woodworking, you know that hardwood lumber is the only kind to use. If you are fussy about your projects, you want your wood to be of the best quality. Hardwood is strong, beautiful and very durable. The kind of hardwood you choose will depend on the project you are working on.

Walnut is a rich, dark wood with a very tight grain. It is one of the most distinctive types of hardwood, and also one of the strongest. There are variations in walnut, depending upon its country of origin. Fine furniture, cabinets and such specialty items as grandfather clocks are frequently made from walnut. Because of the high quality of walnut, it is used in musical instruments and for the look of fine furniture through the use of veneer.

Oak is a wonderful hardwood for flooring as well as cabinets and furniture. The soft color of oak lends a beautiful touch to many decorating styles and can be used in almost any type of decor, but it is a favorite in the country look. Oak, however, tends to be one of the most expensive of the hardwoods.

Yellow poplar is not as frequently used as walnut or oak in furniture but it is a very high quality wood. Poplar is one of the tallest of the hardwood trees, grown in the Eastern United States. It is popular for more casual use such as children’s furniture, toys and sporting goods because it is extremely strong while being one of the least expensive hardwoods. It is also a very easy wood to work with.

Beech is grown in many locations besides the United States. Beech has been used for flooring, doors, furniture, wooden boxes and many other woodworking projects. Beechwood accepts stain very readily, and therefore it can be stained to almost any color.

If you want to avoid the high price of hardwood and still maintain the look, hardwood plywood is a great solution. It is made by gluing high quality hardwood to a base of particle board. The particle board gives the piece strength while the hardwood veneer gives it beauty. This kind of wood is used for bookcases or light use furniture. The best kind of hardwood veneer for plywood is oak. Oak plywood has all the best qualities of plywood: easy to stain, can’t warp, and is very strong. One of the best brands is Windsor.

Hardwood lumber is found in every store that deals with wood. Home improvement centers, lumber stores like 84 Lumber, Lumber Liquidators, Lowe’s Lumber and Carter Lumber will all carry most kinds. Some of the finer ones such as walnut may not be carried in the home improvement centers, but you can order it.

If you know what you want, you can order your lumber on the Internet and have it cut to order. You needn’t be afraid to do this, since the pictures they show on the Internet are high quality and will show you exactly what you will get. If you understand grades of wood, you will be even more confident about what you are ordering, since this is how quality is gaged. The higher the grade of wood, the higher the quality, but also the higher the price.