Understanding the Why?
Why we are doing what we are doing
Oak is a hardwood, it is heavy and strong. Coarse texture and grain.
Maple is hard and very resistant to impact. You’ll find maple on bowling alleys; you can find some very attractive grain veneers.
Extremely tough and resilient. Hickory looks very nice when finished.
One of the best woods to work with. Takes finishing well and is easy to shape, without sacrificing on durability and strength. Consider using this for non-load bearing beams.
Cherry is easy to work, fine textured, strong and fairly durable. Highly rated in all working properties including wood bending and turning. Becomes darker and richer with age.
Hardwood that is similar to maple. The wood of Sycamore trees is predominantly comprised of the sapwood, with some darker heartwood streaks also found in most boards.