Wood Species Guide
Here you'll find all you need to know about choosing and using various species of wood. Learn about wood properties and working characteristics so you can build better projects.
I have been reading a lot lately about problems with purpleheart turning brown. Will any finishing technique prevent it from browning?
The July 2008 issue of WOOD® magazine shows leopardwood and lacewood. They look similar to me, and I’ve seen each labeled both ways in hardwood stores. If they are different species?
In your opinion, what is the best way to darken cherry? I’ve heard that I can use a steam iron or leave the wood out in the sun to bring about the change.
The model car plans I’m using suggest padauk for its red-orange color. But the salesperson at the hardwood store said that it will darken to almost black. Is this true?
What is the world’s hardest wood?
I ran across the Rainbow Eucalyptus—an incredible tree with multi-colored bark. Does the coloration carry through to the wood inside and, if so, is it suitable for woodworking projects?