Select the Wood Species
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Choose a dense
hardwood that will
stand up to daily use.
Good choices of this are Oaks, Maples, Walnuts, Ash, Beech and Mahogany. Woods like Poplar and Alder are softer and will quickly show dings from daily use.
Choose a wood grain that flatters your room design.
Ash, Oaks and Pines,
have more texture and are easy choices for the rustic
farmhouse look. Woods such as Maple, Beech, Walnut and Mahogany have finer grain and show less texture.
Choose your color.
All woods are beautiful with just a clear finish, but Oaks, Ash, Beech and Mahogany also take stain great, so your color options can vary.