How to Pick the Right Wood for Your Project
Updated: Jul 17
Did you know that not all woods are created equal? Here is a list of the most popular types of wood and the information you need to know to make the right selection for your project.
Janka scale: The higher the number on the Janka scale, the more durable the plank is.
Appearance: Red oak has warm undertones while white oak has a cooler sheen.
Durability: Red oak is 1290 on the Janka scale and white oak is 1360.
Important: This type of wood has an open grain which stains take well to.
Appearance: Maple has a subtle grain that usually darkens and yellows overtime.
Durability: Maple is a durable 1450 on the Janka scale. Fun fact, this type of wood is often used in bowling alleys!
Important: This wood has a closed grain and doesn't absorb stain well. When installing, use a water-based polyurethane finish.
Appearance: Hickory has a very pronounced color variation which is perfect for a rustic look.
Durability: Hickory is a high 1820 on the Janka scale. This wood is perfect for high traffic areas.
Important: This wood is unlikely to warp under the humidity making it great for coastal areas.
Appearance: Walnut is dark, rich and well-defined grain pattern.
Durability: Walnut is a 1010 on the Janka scale. It will show wear in tear in a few years in high traffic areas.
Important: This wood is mostly found in older homes.
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