Types of Wood

Wood species we typically use: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Birch, Hickory, and Maple

*Any custom wood available upon request


A moderately hard, strong, light to red-brown wood. Cherry wood resists warping and checking and is easy to carve and polish. Cherry veneers and solids are used in a variety of styles, such as 18th century designs.​


Walnut is one of the most versatile and popular cabinet making woods, with many different varieties. The wood is light to dark chocolate brown in color. Walnut is used in all types of fine cabinet work.


Oak is the most widely used hardwood. There are more than 60 species of oak grown in the U.S., which can be separated into two basic varieties; white and red. Oak is a heavy, strong, light colored hardwood. Oak is the most popular wood used to craft American and English country designs.

White Oak

White oak is preferred for furniture-making because it has a more attractive figure than red oak. White oak is also resistant to moisture and can be used on outdoor furniture. The grain has a beautiful "ray flake" pattern to it.


There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, 8 of which are commercially important. Hickory is one of the heaviest and hardest woods available. Hickory is used for structural parts, especially where strength and thinness are required.​


There are 115 species of maple, with only 5 commercially important that grow in the United States. Maple is so hard and resistant to shocks that it is often used for bowling alley floors. It has a fine texture and even grain. Maple is used extensively for American colonial furniture. It can also be stained to simulate cherry wood, which it resembles.

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Olde World Mill & Cabinets

980 Howe Rd. Martinez, CA 94553


Tel/Fax: 925-372-0800

Cell: 925-915-0822


Email: oldeworldmillandcabinets@gmail.com

License # 974704

Business Hours


Mon:   7:30 AM - 4 PM

Tue:     7:30 AM - 4 PM

Wed:   7:30 AM - 4 PM

Thu:     7:30 AM - 4 PM

Fri:       7:30 AM - 4 PM

Sat:      Closed

Sun:     Closed

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