Woods

Hardwoods-oak, mahogany, beech

Softwoods-pine

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Hardwoods

Hardwoods take 80-100 years to grow, they have broad-leaves and their seeds are enclosed.

Oak

  • Strong, hard, tough, durable
  • Works well
  • Expensive, heavy, prone to splitting
  • Can be physically hard

Mahogany

  • Easy to work, durable, works well
  • Variable grain, prone to warping, physical hardness varies

Beech

  • Physically hard, tough, polishes well
  • Can be prone to warping, can be difficult to work, can't be used outside
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Softwoods

Soft woods come from conifer trees and take 30 years to grow. This means they are cheaper than hardwoods.

Pine

  • Straight grain
  • Easy to work
  • Knots can make working difficult
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