Brown Maple has a fine and uniform grain, with a smooth, even texture. Along with Oak, Brown Maple is generally the least expensive option for solid hardwood furniture. This is not an indication of quality, but a reflection of the economics of supply and demand. Brown Maple offers a very economical alternative to cherry wood, with similar looking results when stained in traditional dark stains.
Cherry is the classic American wood used for fine woodworking, furniture, and cabinet making. People are drawn to Cherry wood for its unique grain characteristics and warm tones. It’s important to keep in mind that Cherry will darken over time and with exposure to light. If you are looking for a durable, beautiful hardwood with classic grain and clean lines, Cherry wood is an excellent choice.
Quartsersawn White Oak
Most people are familiar with the look of Quartersawn White Oak even though they may not realize it. If you’re at all familiar with Arts & Crafts, Mission, or Stickley style furniture, you have likely seen Quartersawn White Oak. Quartersawn White Oak has distinctive wavy grain patterns along with Medullary Rays, more commonly known as 'Tiger Stripe' and 'Ray Flecks.'
Oak is one of the most used woods in the world, and arguably the most popular hardwood used in the United States. Its unique and dominant grain patterns make it one of the most easily identifiable woods. It is usually the least expensive option due to its plentiful supply. Oak wood takes any color stain applied very well. The result is usually a uniform color appearance without streaking or other irregularities.