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Wood Characteristics - Properties by Type

Wood properties by Type

Wood Characteristics of cherry

  • Moderately hard and heavy, strong and stiff
  • High shock resistance
  • Fine to medium, uniform grain
  • Moderately large shrinkage during seasoning, dimensionally stable

 

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Color variation: Nearly white to light red, to dark reddish brown

Wood Characteristics of oak

  • Heavy, hard and stiff
  • High shock resistance
  • Medium fine, uniform grain
  • Large shrinkage during seasoning
Oak Oak Oak Oak Oak Oak Oak

Color variation: Light tan to pink, to red, to dark brown

Wood Characteristics of soft maple

  • From Silver Maple or Red Maple
  • Moderately heavy, hard, strong and stiff
  • Medium shock resistance
  • Fine uniform grain
  • Moderate shrinkage during seasoning
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Color variation: Nearly white to light gray

Wood Characteristics of hard maple

  • From Sugar Maple or Black Maple
  • Heavy, strong and stiff
  • High shock resistance
  • Fine, uniform grain
  • Large shrinkage during seasoning
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Color variation: Nearly white to slightly reddish brown

Wood Characteristics of hickory

  • From Butternut, Pecan, or Shagbark
  • Very heavy, very hard, very strong, and very stiff
  • Extremely high shock resistance
  • Fine, uniform grain
  • Very large shrinkage during seasoning
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Color variation: Nearly white to dark brown