American Cherry: Stunning for Centuries

American Cherry: Stunning for Centuries

Cherry has long been used for traditional heirloom furniture and other collectables. And these days, you can see cherry used in a wide variety of other applications as well. It is often used in architectural joinery, furniture, cabinets, flooring and musical...
Basics of Hardwood Finishing: Part One

Basics of Hardwood Finishing: Part One

Finishing wood allows you to showcase the uniqueness of the wood you are using for a project. As you know, finishing can make or break a project.  Hardwood products are finished to enhance or alter the natural beauty of the wood, and to protect the wood from...
Viva Las Vegas – Annual HDA Meeting

Viva Las Vegas – Annual HDA Meeting

The Hardwood Distributor’s Association is meeting for the third time this year in Las Vegas. As you know our Annual General Meeting is timed to coincide with the NHLA Convention and we have a number of events for HDA Members only. Our General Meeting on Friday October...
Common Questions About Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Common Questions About Cleaning Hardwood Floors

CAN I USE A STEAM MOP ON MY HARDWOOD FLOORS? Usually not. According to consumer reports tests on the various models of steam mops, steam mops may be safe for hardwood floors but should be approached with extreme caution. Despite many steam mop manufacturers indicating...
The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

What is the best way to clean my hardwood floors you ask? The answer may sound perplexing… There is NO one best way to clean your hardwood floors. What’s best for your floor depends how old your floors are and what type of finish is on your hardwood floors. If you...
What are the most common floor finishes?

What are the most common floor finishes?

If you didn’t install or finish the hardwood floors in your home, you may have no idea what type of finish is on your hardwood flooring. You are not alone. The first step in understanding more about your hardwood floor finish is to understand the three...

Wood Grain and Wood Strength

Why is the direction of wood grain important when building with wood? Wood is a natural substance that is much stronger when the grain is continuous. Wood is a natural polymer. That is, it consists of parallel strands of cellulose fibers held together by a lignin...

How Do I Know How Hard a Wood Really Is?

What is the Janka Rating System Anyway? When in doubt about the type of wood to select for your cabinetry, flooring, furniture or millwork project, refer to the Janka Rating System, which measures the relative hardness of woods. The hardest commercially available...

Energy Use of Using Wood

Designing With Wood is Good! Designing with wood is often the preference of many homeowners, designers and architects. For those concerned about their environmental footprint, this desire can be stressful. Without knowing all of the facts, the knee jerk reaction of...

What is Quarter Sawn Wood?

By definition, quarter sawn lumber is the angle that the annular growth rings intersect the face of the board. However there is little agreement what exactly that angle is. Most define it as between 60 – 90 degrees, although others define it as between 75...

WHAT IS RIFT SAWN LUMBER?

Rift sawn lumber is typically narrow with a very straight grain pattern on the face of the board. Rift sawn lumber is usually used with oak to avoid the flecks that are common in the species. The annular rings or a rift sawn board are about 30-60 degrees to the face...

What is Plain Sawn Wood?

Plain sawn, also commonly called flat sawn, is the most common lumber you will find. This is the most inexpensive way to manufacture logs into lumber. Plain sawn lumber is the most common type of cut. The annular rings are generally 30 degrees or less to the face of...

Combine Rustic and Modern Design for Unique Look

This designer highlights how to successfully combine two very separate design looks into one cohesive and fresh look. Check out the key details that create this unexpected aesthetic. When Mother Nature Meets Your Modern Nature Architects, interior designers, and more...

A Brand New Blog, A Brand New Resource

This website and blog are designed to become one of your go-to reference guides for all hardwood products. Whether you are looking for information on finding a hardwood supplier, selecting the type of hardwood for a project, installation of hardwoods, repairing...

Classic Design, Completely Unique Wood

Sometimes all it takes to create a new design style is to update a classic design. In the case of designing with wood in mind, sometimes this is just a change in the type of wood a design is made from. Really love the lines of a craftsman table but not excited about...