So, you’re ready for your next project and you’ve decided on your concept. You head to the lumber yard and you are greeted with a selection of wood that makes your head spin. There are a few key questions you need to ask yourself when choosing what material to use.
- Am I going to paint this piece?
- Do I need to match other wood types that are adjacent to it?
- How will this wood look stained?
- What’s the durability of this wood?
Wood has an assortment of colors, grain types, and patterns.
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No wait, is it Maple or Oak?
So, let's continue with a project in mind. You have decided after many visits to the furniture store and countless online searches, that your new kitchen table is going to be built with your own two hands. This is great because you are more than capable! Your first selection you want to make softwood or hardwood. Remind your self it is a kitchen table and will be used often softwoods like Pine, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Soft maple are going to be susceptible to dents, dings, and scratches. So, you may want to choose something that has a harder resilient quality, such as Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, and Walnut. These will provide a much denser option that will stand up better to everyday use.
Choosing the Finish
Next, you want to choose your finish that’s going to last and look good with the color you choose. First, each type of wood takes stain differently. Wood is like a fingerprint and grains will vary. Some wood will finish less consistent and blotchy, like maple. Others take stain well and have consistent coloring like oak. It never hurts to take a few samples of what your working on and get some stain samples to see what works best in your space or meets your taste. Furthermore, choose a sealer to complete your project. There are many options for this as well as sheens, oil-based, and water-based. At the end of the day if your able to enjoy a meal at your new table with family and friends, choosing which dessert is now the most important decision!
Contour Construction Inc. | Commercial Carpentry in Omaha
Contour can complete large and small carpentry jobs for:
- Multi‐Family Residential
- Small scale tenant improvement and build-out projects