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Afrormosia

Origin: West Africa

Working Qualities: Dense, strong, durable. Easy to work. Reduced cutting angle required for planing.

Uses: Marine, joinery, furniture, flooring, veneers

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Alder

Origin: Pacific coast of North America

Working Qualities: Medium density, soft and weak, stable. Susceptible to insect attack. Easy to work

Uses: Turnery, carving, kitchen cabinets, plywood, veneers

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Apitong

Origin: Southeast Asia

Working Qualities: Dense, strong, durable. Easy to work. Reduced cutting angle required for planing.

Uses: Marine, joinery, furniture, flooring, veneers

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Ash

Origin: Southeastern Australia and Victoria

Working Qualities: Moderate density, strength and stability; prone to insect attack; Not to be used for steam-bending

Uses: Veneers, furniture, flooring, weatherboards and plywood

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Beech

Origin: Eastern North America

Working Qualities: Dense, medium strength and stability; susceptible to burns. Easy to work

Uses: Plywood, veneers, furniture

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Birch

Origin: Southeastern Canada and Northeastern United States

Working Qualities: Strong with low stability; easy to work. Good for steam-bending

Uses: Flooring, high quality furniture and plywood

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Cedar

Origin: South and Central America

Working Qualities: Medium strength qualities, easy to work; stable

Uses: Furniture, flooring, construction

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Cherry

Origin: Eastern North America

Working Qualities: Medium strength and stability qualities; easy to work

Uses: Furniture, musical instruments, veneers

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Cumaru

Origin: South America

Working Qualities: Difficult to work, high density

Uses: Flooring, furniture and heavy construction

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Douglas Fir

Origin: North America and Europe

Working Qualities: Medium density; stiff and stable

Uses: Plywood, construction

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Hickory

Origin: Eastern North America

Working Qualities: Hard to work; very strong and durable.

Uses: Sporting goods, furniture, tools

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Ipe

Origin: South America and the Caribbean

Working Qualities: Extreme density and strength; difficult to work.

Uses: Heavy construction, flooring and furniture

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Jatoba

Origin: Europe and the Americas

Working Qualities: Hard to work with high density and hardness

Uses: Flooring, cabinetry and furniture

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Lacewood

Origin: South America

Working Qualities: Easy to work, low durability

Uses: Veneer, furniture and musical instruments

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Mahogany

Origin: Tropical Africa

Working Qualities: Stable with medium strength qualities and durability

Uses: Plywood, furniture

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Mangaris

Origin: Indonesia and Thailand

Working Qualities: Moderate workability with higher durability and density

Uses: Outdoor decks, plywood, and general construction

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Maple

Origin: Canada and Eastern USA

Working Qualities: Dense and strong with average durability. Hard to work with a tough surface

Uses: Heavy duty flooring, furniture

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Okoume

Origin: Central Africa

Working Qualities: High density but easy to work

Uses: Veneer, plywood and furniture

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Pedauk

Origin: Central/Tropical West Africa

Working Qualities: easy to work, turns, glues, and finishes well.

Uses: Veneer, flooring, musical instruments, furniture

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Ponderosa Pine

Origin: Canada, United States and Mexico

Working Qualities: Soft, stable and easy to work with medium density and a soft finish

Uses: Railroad ties, paneling, sapwood

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Poplar

Origin: Eastern United States

Working Qualities: Easy to work with a low density and softness

Uses: Miscellaneous utility wood; veneer, paper, pallets

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Red Oak

Origin: United States and Canada

Working Qualities: Easy to work; average strength, density and stability

Uses: Furniture, flooring and plywood

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Rosewood

Origin: India

Working Qualities: Extreme density, stability and durability; hard to work

Uses: High quality furniture, veneers

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Spruce

Origin: Northern Europe

Working Qualities: Easy to work with low to moderate density

Uses: Millwork, crates, construction

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Sugar Pine

Origin: Pacific coast of United States

Working Qualities: Easy to work with low to moderate density

Uses: Construction, musical instruments, millwork

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Teak

Origin: Asia and Africa

Working Qualities: Average to work; strong but brittle with medium density

Uses: Furniture, flooring, boat-building

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Walnut

Origin: Australian Rainforests

Working Qualities: Hard to work with brittle features. Dense

Uses: High quality furniture, flooring and veneers

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Wenge

Origin: Africa

Working Qualities: Difficult/moderate to work; high density

Uses: Veneer, furniture and paneling

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White Oak

Origin: Eastern United States

Working Qualities: Moderate to low density, easy to work

Uses: Cabinetry, furniture, flooring and veneer

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