Designer Antiques offers a variety of woods you can choose from for your custom furniture. In addition to choosing a wood you can also choose the stain and finish you want.
Although Pine is softer than Cherry, Oak, or Walnut, it is fairly durable. We use only reclaimed heart pine in our furniture. We do not work in new pine. Pine has more grain pattern than Cherry but not as much as Oak. Despite the fact it is not as resistant to scuffs, dents and abrasions as the hardwoods, it is often used as flooring. Its color can vary from white to pale yellow with a reddish tinge. Pine will darken to some degree with age and air exposure, but not as much as Cherry. Pine takes most finishes well.
Like all fruit trees, CHERRY belongs to the rose family and the wood naturally has red tones. Grown in the eastern half of the United States, Cherry helped define American traditional design because Colonial cabinetmakers recognized its superior woodworking qualities. Cherry wood is moderately hard, strong, and close-grained with a high resistance to warping. Cherry's grain is more subdued than some other hardwood species, but it also oxidizes (darkens) over time to a deeper reddish brown color with age and exposure to sunlight. It also takes a stain well offering more finish options.
The Oaks (both red and white) are the most abundant hardwood species. It would be difficult to name a wood with a longer and more illustrious history in furnishings and interior design. Oak was a favorite of early English craftsmen and a prized material for American Colonists. A big, slow growing tree, red oak takes 20 years to mature and lives an average of 300 years. Oak is most often straight grained, and open pored. The grain is distinguished by rays, which reflect light and add to its attractiveness Heavy, strong, and hard, Oak is durable under exposure and offers great wear resistance. Because of its hardness, oak can be difficult to carve.
Dark brown in nature, the WALNUT wood is strong, hard, and exceptionally durable, without being excessively heavy. Walnut also has superior physical properties, making it the preferred wood for airplane propellers and gun stocks. It is straight-grained in the trunk of the tree, but possesses a wavy grain in wood found closer to the roots. Walnut wood finishes beautifully, holding paint and stain exceptionally well, and is resistant to shrinking and warping. It takes a stain well, but given the dark brown nature of walnut, most finishes we offer are in the brown family.