How to Choose the Best Wood for Your Dining Table

This article will help you choose the right wood for your kitchen or dining room table. There are 8 types of wood we offer. This post will help you to choose the right wood.

Made-to-order furniture allows you to select the material and stain that you want for your finished product. No matter what style you prefer, we can help you choose the right type of wood to use for your dining room table.

Red Oak

Red Oak is a timeless wood that will suit a traditional home. Red Oak has been a standard for Amish furniture makers and creates a warm, comfortable atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for traditional dining rooms.

  • Tone
  • The sapwood is white to light brown and has an orange-reddish color.
  • Grain
  • Pronounced open grain. This open grain pattern absorbs the stain, becoming darker in areas close to the grain and lighter in more open areas.
  • Durability
  • It is very durable and has high wear resistance. The grain pattern can hide minor dents and wear.
  • The Overall Look
  • If you are looking for a traditional or warm look, this is the right choice.
  • Density
  • Red Oak is rated 1290 on Janka Hardness Scale*.

Brown Maple

  • Brown Maple’s smooth and variegated grains offer a contemporary look. This wood type can be used in a variety of styles. Brown Maple can be dressed up in a formal style with darker stains or a more casual look with paint and stain.¬†Tone
  • This unique combination of white, brown, and cream streaks is what makes this product so special
  • Grain
  • Smooth grain patterns are characterized by varying amounts of light and dark streaks. It can absorb medium-to-dark stains very well, and it has a smooth surface that can be painted. A lighter stain will show the natural brown maple grain colors best, while a darker stain will blend them better.
  • Durability
  • This hardwood is harder than other hardwoods, so it is more susceptible to scratches and dents from heavy use.
  • The Overall Look
  • This is a great choice for transitional looks and can be used with light, dark, or painted items.
  • Density
  • Brown Maple is rated 950 on Janka Hardness Scale*.

Rustic Cherry

Rustic Cherry is the ideal choice for a rustic, updated look. Its beautiful grain pattern, knots, and pits make it a great choice. This would give your home a rustic, casual elegance, perfect for family dinners or game nights.

  • Tone
  • It comes in three colors: white, brown, and deep-red with brown flecks. This is a less refined version of traditional Cherry wood, featuring natural knots, pits, and other imperfections.
  • Grain
  • It has a fine satin-smooth texture with a circular grain pattern. It will darken over time as it is exposed to heat and light.
  • Durability
  • It is a soft hardwood and is, therefore, more susceptible to denting from heavy use.
  • Overall Look
  • This is the ideal choice for a rustic, natural look.
  • Density
  • Rustic Cherry is rated 950 on the Janka Hardness Scale*

Hard Maple

This grain is perfect for a modern and chic look. Hard Maple dining sets would look great in a modern space and make a beautiful backdrop for formal and informal dining.

  • Tone
  • The sapwood is creamy white and has a golden hue. The heartwood varies in color from light to dark brown.
  • Grain
  • This wood is very fine in texture with a light circular grain. Hard Maple’s light color makes stain colors stand out and pop, while its hard texture and smooth texture make it less suitable for dark stains.
  • Durability
  • Hard Maple, also known as Rock Maple, is the hardiest domestic wood in the USA. It is extremely durable because of its hardness.
  • All in all, look
  • Hard Maple’s minimal grain pattern makes it a great choice for modern, transitional or contemporary looks. This wood is light-catching and brightens any space.
  • Density
  • Hard Maple is rated 1450 on Janka Hardness Scale*.

Quarter Sawn White Oak

Quarter Sawn White Oak has a distinctive look thanks to its linear grain pattern. This solid wood is a popular choice for homes with the mission or arts & crafts designs. This can be paired with furniture that has mortise-tenon joinery, slats or corbels to give your home a craftsman-style look.

  • Tone
  • This wood is cooler in color and has sage undertones.
  • Grain
  • Quarter Sawn White Oak is distinguished by its unique grain pattern. This is because the wood was cut at a 90-degree angle to the tree’s growth rings. It exhibits a tight grain and dramatic light and dark tones. Quarter Sawn white oak absorbs stains well and evenly. Staining can enhance the natural color variation in wood grain.
  • Durability
  • It is very durable and has high wear resistance. The grain pattern can hide minor dents and wear.
  • Overall Look
  • Quarter Sawn is the perfect choice if you like furniture with texture. This is the ideal look for craftsman and mission styles.
  • Density
  • Quarter Sawn White Oak is rated 1360 on the Janka Hardness Scale*.

Cherry

Cherry wood is a classic choice for formal dining rooms. Cherry wood is known for its beautiful grain and ability to darken and heat over time, giving it a rich and beautiful look for your dining room set. This wood would make a great backdrop for family celebrations or Sunday dinners.

  • ToneCherry’s¬†heartwood can vary in color from rich red to reddish-brown. The sapwood contrasts with this by being creamy-white. It will darken over time as it is exposed to heat and light. Cherry wood is naturally reddish, and cherry stains amplify the warmth it gives off.
  • Grain
  • Cherry wood is characterized by a smooth, satin-smooth texture with a circular grain pattern. Natural pit pockets and brown pith flecks may be found in the wood. This fine grain is very uniformly toned when stained.
  • Durability
  • It is a soft hardwood and is, therefore, more susceptible to denting from heavy use.
  • Overall Look
  • This fine grain pattern can be used for a traditional, formal look or a modern transitional style.
  • Density
  • Cherry is rated 950 on the Janka Hardness Scale*

Walnut

Walnut’s rich, golden-grey tones are perfect for modern and contemporary looks. This is the ideal choice for rooms where furniture takes center stage due to its grain pattern. You can highlight the grain even more by pairing it with furniture with unique details or clean lines.

  • Tone
  • Walnut is a dark chocolate-colored or purplish-brown wood with hints and black, sometimes even golden streaks. It is the only domestic hardwood that can be grown in dark brown. It will gradually turn a light brownish color over time, but it is not noticeable.
  • Grain
  • It features a beautiful grain pattern with lots of movement and streaks.
  • Durability
  • This hardwood is medium-density and can become dented with heavy usage. The grain pattern will hide minor wear.
  • All in all, look
  • Walnut’s rich, grey tones are perfect for making a statement. It can be used as a contemporary or formal statement piece.
  • Density
  • Walnut is rated 1010 on Janka Hardness Scale*.

Hickory

Hickory is a great wood for dining room tables if you want a rustic look. Its strong grain pattern evokes images of cabins and lodges with its rustic appearance. This will bring the outdoors inside your dining room, creating a casual and rustic look.

  • Tone
  • Hickory is characterized by its contrast reddish and cream color.
  • Grain
  • It is medium in grain and has an earthy appearance with a smooth finish.
  • Durability
  • This wood is our strongest. This wood is dense and can easily crack and warp. It also requires more attention to the humidity level in the room.
  • Overall Look
  • Contrasting streaks in the grain pattern create a rustic look that can make a furniture piece stand out.
  • Density
  • Hickory is rated 1820 on Janka Hardness Scale*.

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