Western Red Cedar Substitutes

A gigantic old growth red cedar tree

Cedar is one of the most durable softwoods that you can get on the market. All types of Cedar have natural preservatives that make them last longer than many other types of wood, even hardwoods. Cedar survives against the elements quite well. The most popular type of cedar, western red cedar is widely used for … Read more

Western Red Cedar – How to Finish & Maintain

Sunburst with Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, at Jurassic Grove, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) is also called giant arborvitae. It grows in the Pacific Northwest United States and Canada but nowadays, you can find it in Britain as well. Western red cedar is a gorgeous, durable, and ever-popular choice of wood that we use for use outdoors in fencing, decking, and cladding. We also … Read more

Iroko vs. Oak

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Iroko lumber comes from the wood of the Iroko tree, which originates from the west coast of Africa. The wood has high durability and is used for outdoor gates and other similar structures. Oak, on the other hand, needs no introduction. It is a strong wood, with properties similar to iroko but infinitely more expensive. … Read more

Things to Know About Beech Wood

Beechwood is among the most versatile and cost-effective woods that you can get on the market today. In addition, the flowers, nuts, and leaves of the beech tree are edible. Beech trees have the distinction of having been featured extensively in Game of Thrones. Beech is a light, homogenous wood that does not darken naturally … Read more

Types of Fir Wood

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The fir species include a variety of softwood-yielding trees, but all of them aren’t used wood. Instead, people use many types of fir trees for ornamental purposes in landscaped gardens and Christmas trees. In woodworking, you will come across different types of softwood and fir wood. Knowing the various types of fir wood that you … Read more

What is MDF Board?

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Medium-Density fiberboard (MDF) is one of the most versatile types of engineered wood that you can get on the market today. In any home, office, or commercial establishment, you may find it difficult not to find at least some MDF used for making the furniture or interiors. Today, MDF occupies a prominent place in the … Read more

Types of Mahogany Wood

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Mahogany is a baffling wood in that your quest for genuine mahogany can be a challenging task. You may come across wood stamped as mahogany, only to find out later that it is a mahogany alternative. Finding the real deal in mahogany can be somewhat elusive. Mahogany occupies an aristocratic position in the woodworking world. … Read more

Types of Pine Wood

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We think of pine as wood that comes in yellow shades with dark brown knots and striations. So, the tendency is to say that pine is pine. But there is much more to the pine family, the Pinus genus, that meets the eye. In this post, we delve deeper into the different variations of pinewood … Read more

Birch Wood – Complete Guide (Types, Uses and Pros & Cons)

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As a woodworker, your primary concern would be to source the most suitable wood for your woodworking projects. Unfortunately, the countless varieties of wood can confuse you, with every lumber yard claiming that their wood is the best! In this post, we take a close look at one of the most popular wood species in … Read more

Types of Hickory Wood

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Hickory wood is a strong, dense, stiff, and hardwood extremely resistant to shock. This combination of tough qualities gives hickory characteristics that you may not find in any other types of wood found commercially. This post discusses the different types of hickory wood and interesting facts about this robust wood. This versatile wood provides wood … Read more