Wood Samples

Solid wood is what makes our products so special. We use sustainable locally harvested wood from Michigan for our handmade Amish furniture & custom cabinetry. All wood is premium quality and kiln dried. Here are some of the species that we offer:

wood sampleAmerican Black Cherry – Of the 25 to 30 species in the U.S., only Black Cherry or Prunus Serotina is important for lumber. The rich reddish-brown heartwood of Cherry has made it one to the most popular cabinet woods available. Cherry weighs from 3 to 3-1/2 pounds per board foot and has a fine, straight closed tight grain. Machines, glues, finishes very well and darkens with age.
wood sampleRed Oak (quarter sawn or plain sawn) – Also referred to as Pin Oak and Black Oak. Salmon pink color, and weighs 3 pounds per board foot.Medium open-pored texture with straight grain. Very hard, heavy and strong. Easy to work, turns, carves, and bends well. Finishing qualities are excellent. Used for interior trim, cabinets and furniture.
wood sampleWhite Oak (quarter sawn or plain sawn) –May also be referred to as Chestnut Oak. Color is pale-yellow brown. This closed pore wood makes it relatively heavy, the grain is straight and it is a hard and tough timber. Working properties are fair with the slower growth northern trees easier to work. Weighs 4.2 pounds per board foot. Stains and polishes to a good finish. Used for furniture and cabinets and makes excellent paneling.
wood sampleWalnut –Heartwood variegated dark chocolate brown, sapwood nearly white. Weighs 3.75 pounds per board foot. Texture is fine and even and the grain straight to irregular. Moderately dense and hard with excellent machining properties and finishing qualities, considered the most valuable furniture and cabinet timber in the U.S. Walnut is principally used in fine furniture, fixtures, cabinets, gun stocks, and trim.
wood sampleButternut – Other common names are White Walnut and Oilnut. Heartwood is light brown or fawn, sapwood is lighter. The lumber weighs 2.65 pounds per board. The texture is rather coarse and the grain straight to irregular, carrying a strong resemblance to Walnut, though it is softer and lighter in color. Butternut is easy to work, machines, turns and sands well. A good cabinet wood, also used for interior trim and paneling.
wood sampleRegular Maple – Sapwood is light in color while the heartwood is pale brown. Hard, close grained, strong and easy to work. Similar to Hard Maple but is not so lustrous and is softer and lighter weighing 3.2 pounds board foot. Good for trim, furniture and a less expensive Birch substitute. Weighs 3.2 pounds per board foot.
wood sampleHard Maple (white) – Color ranges from a premium white sapwood to a brown heartwood. Also known as Rock Maple or Sugar Maple and can be tapped to extrude the sap for syrup. Weighs 4 pounds per board foot. Moderately difficult to work with as it tends to dull machinery rather quickly. Takes stain, glue and polish satisfactorily. A favorite for flooring and butcher blocks.
wood samplePoplar – Common name is Tulip Tree. Heartwood is a pale olive brown to yellow brown and sapwood off white. Weighs 3.2 pounds per board foot, texture is fairly fine and uniform, close and straight grained. Relatively soft with low density, glues easily, holds its place well, does not split readily, yet soft enough to be a favorite for working with hand tools. Used for paint and enamel finishes, store fixtures, trim, toys, and other novelty items.
wood samplePine – Eastern White (Domestic). This light colored wood resembles straw in appearance. Soft straight grained and even textured wood weighing 2.2 pounds per board foot. Works very easily with hand and machine tools. Glues well and takes stain, paint very well. The most valuable softwood in North America, as it can be used in almost any piece of furniture or most any form of general carpentry.
wood sampleHickory – Also called Shagbark and Pignut. Heartwood is light reddish brown and the sapwood white. Hickory weighs 4.4 pounds per board foot, rough and kiln dried. Medium coarse texture and straight grain, very hard, elastic and strong. Machines, burns, and steam bends well. Used for vehicle and implement parts, cabinets, flooring and is famous for smoking meats.
wood sampleBirch – Also called Betula Wood and Yellow Birch. The color ranges from a light yellow sapwood to a reddish brown heartwood. Has a medium weight density with a straight and close grain. This wood weighs 3.6 pounds per board foot and is easily worked with a moderate dulling effect. It glues and takes stains well. Uses include furniture and cabinets. Available sorted for sapwood if a clear white appearance is desired.
wood sampleAsh – Widely known as White Ash, the heartwood of this wood has a grey-brown color while the sapwood tends to be a creamy color. Weighs 3.2 pounds per board foot and is very durable. Generally straight grained and even textured. Relatively light weight if compared to its strength – very strong and is used for a variety of sporting products, baseball bats and hockey sticks. A good substitute for Red Oak.