Different Types Of Wood Used To Make Furniture

Man has used wood for millennia to make weapons, furniture, and paper. Timber is a widely popular furniture making material because it has unique properties and characteristics that alternatives including synthetic materials lack. With that in mind, here are some of the types of wood used to make furniture. If you like working with wood, check out wood profits for tips on how to make money woodworking.


Oak is a popular wood used to make different types of household furniture including kitchen cabinets, tables, and chairs. In most cases, it is stained reddish brown, making it slightly darker than raw oak wood. Oakwood has high tannin content that makes it resistant to insect and fungal infestation. In the US, the northern red oak is used to make high-end furniture. However, untreated oak wood should not be used to make outdoor furniture items because it deteriorates fast when exposed to the elements.


Unlike oak, walnut has a naturally rich chocolate brown color and straight grains although some walnut species may produce wood with irregular patterns. Its color ranges from light pale brown to dark brown tinged with purple or reddish hues. Walnut wood is quite easy to work with, readily available and has excellent dimensional stability. It is advisable to treat walnut wood to prevent insect attack. Most furniture makers in the US use the American walnut species, which is native to North America.


Maple wood properties include fine and even texture, relatively straight grains, and color that ranges from nearly white to reddish brown. It is used to make specialty furniture items, outdoor benches, cutting boards, workbenches, and even butcher blocks. If you want to make durable furniture pieces, go for hard maple wood because it is denser, stronger, and stiffer than wood from any other maple species.


Cedar is a light, soft wood that is easy to handle and has excellent thermal insulation properties. Moreover, it is easy to treat/stain, does not split when fastened with screws or nails, and is highly resistant to termite infestation. It is used to make both indoor and outdoor furniture. Furniture manufacturers in America mostly use cedar wood from the western red cedar species.


Furniture makers love mahogany wood because it is incredibly robust, especially Caribbean mahogany, and has a uniform pore structure. The color of raw mahogany wood ranges from red to brown, and it is used to make contemporary, Victorian-style, and Georgian-style furniture. Nevertheless, consumers should take note the quality of mahogany wood varies depending on grade and tree species. For instance, Philippine mahogany is not as strong and durable as mahogany species native to South and Central America. As such, furniture items made with Philippine mahogany are generally very cheap.


Birchwood has a light brown to reddish color and is quite dense. Most furniture makers use birch wood from the yellow birch tree to make mass-market products. For high-end furniture pieces, the rare and fine-grained European birch wood is the most popular choice. It is also used to make flexible veneer and plywood products.


Ash wood is durable, sturdy, and is renowned for its bending capability. For this reason, it is used to make curved or bent furniture items such as curved backrests for chairs. Some furniture makers also use it for interior joinery. The only downside to ash wood is it deteriorates fast when exposed to the elements, meaning it is not suitable for making outdoor furniture.


Cherry wood is among the most popular hardwoods used to make furniture in the US. Regarding appearance, it normally has straight grains, fine and even texture, as well as a pinkish brown to reddish brown color. It is mostly used in specialty furniture, joinery, interior millwork, and veneer items. Over time, furniture made with cherry wood acquires a darker and richer hue due to oxidation.


Poplar wood is the right choice if you are looking for an inexpensive hardwood that is easy to shape and stain. However, it is rarely used on its own to make furniture items. Instead, it is used to make upholstered furniture pieces and furniture undersides that are typically hidden from view. This aspect has made popular a “utility” wood.


Rosewood is durable, heavy, very hard, and has a dark red-brownish color. Its grains are mostly straight, machines well, nails well, polishes to a lustrous finish, and is resistant to decay and insect attack.


The types of wood used to make furniture in America include rosewood, birch, cedar, mahogany, ash, cherry, maple, walnut, oak and poplar. It is worth noting that none of those mentioned above tree species are in the CITES or IUCN lists of threatened tree species.

The Lifestyles Of Healthy, Successful People

How is it, you might wonder, that certain successful individuals in your social sphere make time for exercise? They even manage to eat well and you want to be like them, at least in this regard. Their physical health is a model of what can be achieved in spite of an often punishing schedule. Follow these tips and make positive changes to your own busy lifestyle.

Habits of Successful, Healthy People

First of all, take one of these colleagues or friends aside and ask him or her how it’s done. Is there a secret to healthy living when life’s demands are so heavy? You will invariably hear that there is no secret; just a commitment to having a positive attitude, some planning, a helping of self-control, and a number of habits they have established. For some great tips on becoming more successful in all areas, check out the homepage of this resourceful site.

Simple Planning, Healthy Habits

To eat well around appointments and meetings, one has to be prepared. That means spending time during a day off at the kitchen counter with Tupperware containers, fresh vegetables and fruits, some protein that will last in the refrigerator several days at a time, and a few excellent recipes to get you through. Healthy people know not to trust themselves to make the right choice when they are between appointments and the deadlines are tight. They prevent giving in to cravings for fast food by preparing ahead of time. At first, this is a foreign idea; chopping a week’s worth of healthy food. Eventually, this becomes a good habit.

Some Tips

When they go grocery shopping, healthy people pick out several foods which won’t go stale or slimy in a container in the refrigerator once they are washed and chopped; foods like carrots, green beans, pea pods, and cauliflower. Select some foods you don’t have to chop like cherry tomatoes, apples, and strawberries too. To make sure you aren’t getting bored, supply color and variety and present meals or snacks differently every day.

Add protein with whole nuts, seeds, and nut butters: don’t buy foods with added sugar, salt, or oil. Cook up a high-protein salad mix made from lentils, beans, and quinoa and mix these to create a hearty, grainy salad. Blend with sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, chives, finely chopped spring onions, peppers, and curry paste for a Middle Eastern meal that will stick to the sides. If you mix protein with vegetables/fruits, you are less likely to experience an energy crash which will cause you to crave sugar. This meal is versatile since you can eat it hot or cold and toss in more veg, chickpeas, spice, or even add broth to make a soup. Paleo diets have become very popular for people looking to get in great shape, I recently read this review of Paleo Hacks cookbook, and it even has me interested.

Exercise for Busy People

Even though their calendars are full and every day seems packed with stuff to do, busy people stay fit. Many of them make it a habit to set the clock half an hour earlier every morning. If this sounds exhausting, remember that expending energy actually makes you more energetic in the long run.

But in reality, there isn’t always a spare half an hour in one’s day if it starts early already. Where does a busy but successful person make room for movement? He likely has to make a choice: sit around a restaurant during lunch break or eat while he’s reading a report and use lunch hour to hit the gym? A successful person with an active lifestyle probably chooses the latter. There are often times in the day when you could still concentrate on and achieve tasks while fitting in a snack.

Hydrate for Success

Drink lots of water, too, because dehydration robs you of clarity and energy. The most successful people know they feel foggy and uncoordinated, suffer headaches, and become grumpy if they don’t drink enough water. Keep a big bottle at your desk and another in your car. Fill it with ice if the day is likely to become warm so there is no excuse not to drink. Reward yourself once in a while with a really good cup of coffee.

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