Wood

Wood

Welcome to Seattle Wood’s page on Wood! Choosing the right type of wood for your project can be confusing sometimes, especially with so many options available. That’s why we’ve created this handy table to help you understand which wood species are best suited for various uses. They provide guidance, but that’s all. It is not an exhaustive list, not by a long sight. And there are some choices in there some would find unconventional. These are a few of the wood species we work with. 

Whether the project you are interested in building is a new deck, furniture, or a fireplace mantel, this guide will show you at a glance some common applications for each type of wood. Simply look down the list of wood species in the first column and check across the row to see what they’re typically used for.

View images of different species below.

 

Wood Species Furniture Decks Cabinets Mantels
Teak X X
Maple (Var) X X X
Mahogany (Var) X X X X
Walnut (Var) X X X
Douglas Fir X X
Birch X X
Cypress X X
Cherry X X X
Ipe X
Aromatic Cedar X X
Hickory X X X
Beech X X X
Padauk X X X
Bloodwood X X X
Leopardwood X X X
Sapele X    
Western Cedar X X
MDF     X X
Plywood X   X X
Reclaimed Wood X X X X

Explanation of Woods Listed

This is a simplified list. A species like Mahogany has sub-varieties that lend themselves to different purposes as well as having different hardness levels, appearance, and more which shortens the list. There are many types of Walnut, Oak, Pine, Cedar, etc. While ‘plywood’ is shown at the bottom of the list, many of the more exotic species can be purchased in plywood form. 

Reclaimed wood of course comes in all forms – wherever you can get it that makes sense. For example, a door header from a torn-down barn, along with other components can create all kinds of furniture, a gate, etc. 

There are a few species listed under cabinets or mantels, like Padauk, for example. While I’ve fabricated furniture with materials like this, I have not necessarily used them in a mantel or cabinet project – but they could be even if it was only trim to compliment the overall piece. 

Where do we get our wood? Seattle Wood purchases wood from several sources in the Seattle metro area as well as specialty providers.

Take a look at the Wood Database as an additional resource (Most extensive). 

Ask for it. Better yet, let’s go shopping and buy the wood for your next project!

Cypress

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Birch

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Douglas Fir

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Walnut

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Western Cedar

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Padauk

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Ipe

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Cherry

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Sapele

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Teak

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Maple

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Mahogany

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