Glossary of Wood, Lumber

Padauk Wood Lumber

Padauk Wood Lumber

Padauk Wood Lumber – Padauk heartwood color ranges from a pale pinkish-orange to a deep brownish-red. Padauk wood is reddish-orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish or purplish-brown, lighter color pieces may age to a grayish-brown. Padauk wood lumber is used in fine joinery, fancy turnery, carvings, flooring, decorative veneer, tool […]

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Poplar Wood Lumber

Poplar Wood Lumber

Poplar Wood Lumber – Poplar wood is seldom used for its appearance, it is most commonly used for pallets, crates, upholstered furniture frames, and plywood. Poplar wood veneer is used for a variety of applications, dyed in various colors, or on the hidden undersides of veneered panels of other more decorative woods. Poplar wood is […]

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Purpleheart Wood Lumber

Purpleheart Wood Lumber

Purpleheart Wood Lumber – When freshly cut, Purpleheart is a dull grayish-purplish-brown. With drying and exposure, the wood becomes a deep eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish. Purpleheart […]

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Red Oak Lumber

Red Oak Lumber

Red Oak Wood – Red Oak Lumber is one of the most popular hardwoods in the USA for cabinet and furniture making. Its heartwood is a light to medium brown, often with a reddish cast. Its nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood, and quarter-sawn sections display prominent […]

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Sapele Wood Lumber

Sapele Wood Lumber

Sapele Wood Lumber – Sapele heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown and tends to darken with age. A ribbon pattern is seen on quartersawn boards, and Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback. Sapele is used in the […]

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Teak Wood Lumber

Teak Wood Lumber

Teak Wood Lumber – Teak wood tends to be a golden or medium brown, the color darkening with age. Teak is a close-grained hardwood with high natural oil and silica content. It is one of the hardest, strongest and most durable of all woods, highly resistant to rotting and almost impervious to the effects of […]

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Utile Wood Lumber

Utile Wood Lumber

Utile Wood Lumber – Utile wood is a uniform medium reddish brown. Its well-defined sapwood is a pale yellow. Utile generally lacks any dramatic grain figuring, which is common in the closely related Sapele. Utile Wood has an interlocking grain, giving it an alternating light and dark banded look. Utile wood is used in flooring, […]

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Walnut Wood Lumber

Walnut Wood Lumber

Walnut Wood Lumber – Walnut is a family of wood with various grain and color variations, but generally similar properties. In the USA, Black Walnut is most often used, its heartwood ranging from a light pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Its color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or […]

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Wenge Wood Lumber

Wenge Wood Lumber

Wenge Wood – Wenge Wood Lumber is medium brown, at times with a reddish or yellowish hue, and nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish the wood can become nearly black. Wenge wood has excellent strength and hardness properties and is dark enough to be used as a substitute for ebony. Wenge is […]

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White Oak Wood Lumber

White Oak Wood Lumber

White Oak Wood Lumber – White Oak heartwood is a light to medium brown, often with an olive cast. Its sapwood is nearly white to light brown and is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quarter-sawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. White Oak is widely used in cabinet and furniture making, interior trim, […]

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