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our wonderful selection of Domestic & Exotic / Imported
Hardwoods. We have been supplying Quality Hardwoods since 1993.
Click on a category from the left or below & click on an Item photo for
net sizes & Item details.
***We have added different
species/sizes of Dowels; check out the Dowel tab on the left!!!
***All listings are S2S (Surfaced 2
Sides) & sanded smooth on the 2 surfaced faces; unless they are listed as
RGH (Rough) or the 1/2 log stock!!!
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Domestic & Exotic / Imported Cut-Offs, Fret Boards & Thin
NOTE/WARNING: Wood dust can cause different
allergic reactions, such as; eye, respiratory & skin irriations. Be
sure to take precautions when working with wood; always wear protective
equipment. Always use eye & ear protection,
respirators/dust mask & skin protection.
The relative hardness of wood speices is measured
using what is called a Janka Hardness Rating/Scale. This test measures the
force needed to embed a steel ball (.444" in diameter) to half its diameter in
the piece of wood being tested, with the rating measured in pounds of force per
square inch. So with this rating system, the higher the number the harder
The United States has over 1,000 different species of trees. Only about 100
are used for constructing & manufacturing wood products; it's best to pick
the ones that are easiest to work with & most appealing to you.
There are basically two kinds of wood from which to choose- hardwoods &
softwoods. Listed below are some common terms & definitions to know:
HARDWOODS Hardwoods are the deciduous trees that lose
their leaves in the fall. Only 200 are plentiful & pliable enough for
woodworking. Hardwoods have microscopic pores on the surface; the size of these
pores determines the grain pattern & texture. Hardwoods are classified by
pore openings as either: Closed Grained (smaller pores), like cherry &
maple; Ring Porous (larger pores), like oak, ash or
SOFTWOODS Softwoods come from coniferous
trees, commonly referred to as evergreen trees. Only 25% of all softwoods are
used in woodworking. All softwoods have a closed grain that is not very
noticeable in the finished product. The most popular softwoods are cedar, fir,
pine & spruce.
DENSITY Heavy woods like oak are
identified by their weight & tight grain pattern, and resist wear, dents
& scratches better than softwoods.
is the wood property that determines the condition of the surface &
stability. It plays an important role in deciding how a wood can be
DEFECTS Defects in wood are natural &
are appreciated by many woodworkers for the unique character they
COLOR Color contributes to the
personality of wood. For example, red cedar will give you a very different look
& character than white pine.
GRAIN Grain is the most well-known wood characteristic.
Grain pertains to the wood-cell fibers' orientation. The project you are
undertaking dictates the most suitable type of
GRADES Lumber grades are determined by the
number, location and size of defects in the board, not its strength. The clearer
the wood, the higher the grade.
STABILITY This is the
wood's ability not to shrink or expand before or after it has been
DURABILITY Durable woods better resist excess
moisture & exposure to the earth, where there's a greater chance of decay.
Remember, no wood will decay if it's kept dry.
PHOTOS: The Hardwood Emporium
photos' are as accurate as possible. Pictures are taken under balanced
light & the color is accurate at the time the photo was taken; there maybe
slight variations in color; due to exposure to light (light sanding will restore
the color). We are not responsible for variations of color. All photos' are of
the actual item(s), in the listing, and you will receive the exact piece(s) in
WOOD SIZE & DIMENSIONS:
All sizes listed are approximate. The
sizes are within a 1/16” of an inch; we do use calipers when measuring the
pieces. We do not overstate the size(s) of the piece(s); we try
to keep the sizes exact or within a 1/16”. If you require an exact or minimum
dimension please contact us before you make your
Widths & Lengths may vary up to 1/16" of an inch.
We describe the wood as
accurately as possible; via the measurements & photos.
HARDWOOD EMPORIUM guarantees your complete
satisfaction, with every item purchased.