Category: Wood Types and Finishes

5 Questions About Log Furniture

Beth Rice 10/11/2022

Let’s face it. Log furniture helps us disconnect. Its natural rugged look represents another time long ago, when things were simpler, and there’s something so appealing in that. While log furniture has been around in the U.S. since the 1800s, its popularity grew in the early 2000s as many fell in love with rustic furniture for both indoors and outside. Log furniture is pretty rustic, with logs wearing knots, colorations, and markings that make it… 5 Questions About Log Furniture

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Walnut vs. Brown Maple: Which Makes Better Furniture?

Beth Rice 13/10/2022

Walnut and brown maple are two woods that look good in dark stains. They’re easy to work with and both offer reliable durability. One is more expensive than the other and their grain patterns differ. We’re taking a look at walnut wood versus brown maple wood to see which makes better furniture. Walnut Wood Colors Let’s start with wood colors. Walnut wood is known for its exotic dark tones. The wood from the walnut tree… Walnut vs. Brown Maple: Which Makes Better Furniture?

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5 Questions About Wormy Maple Wood

Beth Rice 11/08/2022

Have you heard about wormy maple wood? It’s got a fascinating little story that took it from a wood that beetles were buggin’ in to a sought-after wood type for fine furniture. Here we cover the facts with 5 questions about wormy maple wood. Why is it called wormy maple wood? Wormy maple (also known as Ambrosia maple)  is so named due to small beetles boring into the wood. They deposit larvae causing discoloration of… 5 Questions About Wormy Maple Wood

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Cherry vs. Oak for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 23/06/2022

Curious about cherry and oak and how they compare? We’re back with another wood type comparison with cherry versus oak for wood furniture. The differences between cherry wood and oak wood are the opposite of subtle, and here we compare and contrast them to help you decide which you prefer for wood furniture. Cherry Wood vs. Oak Wood Both cherry and oak are big name stars in the wood type arena. Each have their own… Cherry vs. Oak for Wood Furniture

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The Pros and Cons of Pine Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 10/02/2022

Pine wood furniture brings with it pros and cons. And while the pros outweigh the cons, they’re both important to consider, especially when you’re investing in wood furniture. On the pro side, pine has a lower price tag, it’s easy to stain or paint, and it is strong enough to make furniture that’s durable and functional. On the con side, it can get marked and dinged, it has a knotty look, and stain or paint color… The Pros and Cons of Pine Wood Furniture

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All About Hickory Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 09/12/2021

Perhaps you’ve spotted hickory wood furniture in a log cabin where you vacationed or in a rustic style restaurant. Rough, yet alluring, unique and warm, it’s a wood that gains points for its strength and hardness. How does it translate to items in our homes? We’re covering it here in this post that’s all about hickory wood furniture. What Does Hickory Wood Look like? Let’s start with what hickory looks like. Hickory has a unique… All About Hickory Wood Furniture

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Oak vs. Quarter Sawn Oak for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 07/10/2021

Oak wood with its prominent wood grain, strength and durability is the most commonly used wood for solid wood furniture.  We’re pitting oak woods against each other, specifically “regular” or “plain sawn” oak versus quarter sawn oak. Why? Because they’re cut differently and that affects the look, stability, performance and cost. You’ll have to decide which oak look is for you as we compare oak vs quarter sawn oak for wood furniture. While there are… Oak vs. Quarter Sawn Oak for Wood Furniture

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Things To Know About Tung Oil

Beth Rice 23/09/2021

There are lots of things to know about tung oil. Part of the beauty of having wood furniture is the natural beauty of the wood. Sure, solid wood offers durability and support, but wood looks beautiful, showcasing a unique grain pattern from the tree it came from. Bringing out that beauty is the job of the stain and finish, and those familiar with woodworking know that the finish can make or break a piece of… Things To Know About Tung Oil

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Cedar Wood and Bed Bugs

Beth Rice 02/09/2021

There’s a good chance you won’t ever find cedar wood and bed bugs in the same place. Why? Because cedar wood contains natural oils that bed bugs and lots of other pests don’t like. About Cedar Wood Cedar is a strong, stable wood that’s used for indoor and outdoor furniture. It brings with it a distinctive scent that to most of us humans smells like freshly cut wood with almost a menthol, minty scent mixed… Cedar Wood and Bed Bugs

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DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021: Comfort and Calm for Mind and Body

Beth Rice 24/06/2021

DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021 are uplifting and happy shades that embrace calm to nurture and restore you. Stain and paint colors for wood furniture, along with the skilled manner in which they are applied, contribute a great deal to your wood furniture and how it will look in a room. Here we share the DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021 to use for wood furniture throughout your home, shades that create a sense… DutchCrafters Colors of the Year 2021: Comfort and Calm for Mind and Body

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Cherry vs. Walnut Wood for Furniture

Beth Rice 10/06/2021

We take another close look at comparing wood types, and this time it’s cherry versus walnut wood for furniture. Two popular wood types that are known and loved for their rich colors and distinguished looks, cherry and walnut have characteristics that make each of them unique. Let’s look at what these woods bring in terms of colors, grain pattern, workability and style. Cherry vs. Walnut Some conversations might revolve around the stunning reds of cherry… Cherry vs. Walnut Wood for Furniture

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Oak vs. Brown Maple: How They Compare for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 25/03/2021

It’s time for oak versus brown maple, where we’ll take on the two least expensive hardwood types that offer a world of possibilities for wood furniture, and we’ll compare their strengths and weaknesses. The ultimate goal is to help you decide if one of these wood types would be the best fit for your vision of new wood furniture. Comparing Colors Oak Wood Colors There are several different species of oak trees. The two main… Oak vs. Brown Maple: How They Compare for Wood Furniture

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Cherry vs. Maple: Does One Make Better Wood Furniture?

Beth Rice 28/01/2021

There’s a lot to know about wood types when it comes to building custom wood furniture. Durability, color, cost and features should all be considered before selecting a wood type for your new table, bed, desk or chair. Two wood types, both quite popular in their own right, are cherry wood and maple wood. When it comes to cherry vs maple, does one make better wood furniture? Let’s take a look. First we have cherry… Cherry vs. Maple: Does One Make Better Wood Furniture?

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The Best Wood Polish for Cleaning Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 21/01/2021

What is the best wood polish for cleaning wood furniture? When you’ve made a significant investment in solid wood furniture, waited for it to be built and delivered, made it a part of your family story, and proudly displayed it in your home, there will come the time to clean it. And when it comes to high end, solid wood furniture you might hesitate. None of us wants to use the wrong cleaner on wood… The Best Wood Polish for Cleaning Wood Furniture

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The Best Woods for Rustic Log Furniture

Beth Rice 12/11/2020

Rustic log furniture brings home a natural, outdoor woodsy feel. You feel that you’ve been removed from the everyday and launched to log cabin life, complete with log beds, barstools and rustic coffee tables full of natural knots and markings. Rustic furniture helps set the scene and with it comes certain types of woods. Furniture woods vary a great deal in their characteristics, benefits and challenges. What woods are best for rustic log furniture? Let’s… The Best Woods for Rustic Log Furniture

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