Whether you’re selecting a piece made by a carpenter or woodworker or plan to put together a piece yourself, it’s good to know what woods are out there and why professionals pick them for their projects. Furniture is a special case. It requires wood that’s strong and durable yet also beautiful. Here are the four best woods to make custom handcrafted furniture. Keep them in mind while outfitting your home.
When in doubt, go with a classic. Mahogany has long been appreciated for its loveliness, durability, and the ease with which it can be turned into furniture and other things. The tree itself is very large and can produce extended boards and slabs that are prime material for tables, bureaus, and other, bigger pieces. It has tremendous resistance to moisture and rotting and can hold its shape over time, meaning your furniture won’t warp and bend through the years. It has a very fine and straight grain that’s aesthetically pleasing as well.
Moving on to the second of the four best woods to make custom handcrafted furniture, we have another old favorite: oak. Oak is also easy to work with and turn into furniture as well as other items. Another durable wood, it lasts long in any household, even after years of use. Naturally pretty, it has a nice appearance, whether stained or unstained. It also has an excellent and strong grain, and the wood itself can offer different colors without treatment.
Cherry wood is a cheery wood. Sorry, but it’s true. A popular wood with woodworkers, cherry is gorgeous, with a regular grain, a smooth texture that shines when you polish it, and the ability to be worked into intricate shapes and carvings. It has a fantastic natural coloring even without staining or painting, which makes it highly desirable, and it only grows more beautiful with age.
Pinewood is great because it doesn’t cost as much as other woods and is sustainable, owing to the rapid growth of its trees. Another durable wood, pine also has its charms and oddities. It has a naturally creamy to white coloring and takes well to stains, and the inevitable knots give it a rugged and old-fashioned appearance. Running a bit cheaper, it lends itself to being fashioned into delightfully rustic yet long-lasting furniture.
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