Ash, White

Close-up Photo of Ash Wood Grain

White ash is the hardest among the different ash species with an average hardness rating of 1320. The sapwood is very light in color, sometimes nearly white, the heartwood is brown.  It has a coarse grain and resembles oak in appearance.  It is heavy, strong, hard, and stiff. White ash grows in the Eastern half … Continue reading Ash, White

Western Red Cedar

Close-up Photo of A+ Grade Western Red Cedar Wood Grain

Western Red Cedar grows along the coast from Oregon to Alaska. It also grows in the states of Montana and Idaho. Western Red Cedar is light in weight and the heartwood, according to the US Forest Product Laboratory, is “resistant to very resistant” to decay. It is not, however, immune to attack by termites and beetles. Western Red Cedar is used for exterior siding, greenhouse construction, and in ship and boat building.
For raised bed construction we recommend the “rough, green” Western Red Cedar 2X6, 2X8, and 4X4 from the price list.

Douglas Fir

Close-up Photo of CVG Douglas Fir Wood Grain

Most Douglas Fir production comes from the coastal states of Oregon, Washington, and California. It is also sourced from the Rocky Mountain States. It is generally known as being used for the manufacture of sashes, doors, and general millwork. It is also used in marine applications and in boat and ship building. According to the US Forest Product Laboratory, Douglas Fir is rated as moderately resistant to decay.
For raised bed construction we recommend the “rough, green” Douglas Fir 2X6, 2X8, and 4X4 from the price list.

Mahogany, African

Close-up Photo of African Mahogany Wood Grain

African Mahogany can be Any of several woods of the genus Khaya, most commonly Khaya ivorensis.  Its distribution is Tropical West, Central, and East Africa.  Khaya has become known as “mahogany” because it exhibits similar properties and overall appearance to American Mahogany (Cuban and Honduran.)   African Mahogany has a Janka hardness rating of 1,070. The … Continue reading Mahogany, African

Mahogany, Cuban

Photo of the grain of Cuban Mahogany

Cuban Mahogany (Swietenia Mahogani) is the original and historic mahogany so prized by early furniture makers such as Thomas Chippendale, Thomas Sheridan and Duncan Phype.  Native to the southern tip of Florida throughout the Caribbean, Cuban Mahogany works and machines very well and it is very stable.  It stains and finishes well.  The heartwood varies … Continue reading Mahogany, Cuban

Mahogany, Genuine (Honduran)

Close-up Photo of Genuine Honduran Mahogany Wood Grain

Genuine Mahogany, Swietenia Macrophylla, is also known as Honduran, Brazilian, American, and Peruvian Mahogany, depending on where it was harvested.  The heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown, with some pieces exhibiting a rich deep red color.  The heartwood is also durable and rot resistant.  Genuine Mahogany is easily worked, glues well, and takes … Continue reading Mahogany, Genuine (Honduran)