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Wood Identification is an important part of successfully refinishing furniture.  Learn the difference between soft and hard woods, as well as how to identify different types of wood popular in furniture.

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Wood Identification

How to Identify Wood Types in Furniture

To work with wooden furniture, one must master several new skills, including identifying different types of wood in furniture. While it may seem like all wood is the same, each wood species requires other handling. …

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Wood Identification

Using Hardwood vs Softwood to Identify Wood Types

When refinishing furniture and identifying wood, a critical step is learning the key difference between hardwood vs softwood. Furniture frequently uses both types of wood, so you will come across both types in your refinishing …

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Wood Identification

What is Sapwood vs Heartwood

Sapwood and Heartwood are considered before a lumber cut when working with lumber. As Furniture Refinishers, however, you have probably never heard of either type of wood. I have only encountered one situation where I …

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4 types of wood cuts
Wood Identification

4 types of wood cuts and the effects on grain pattern

When lumber is cut it is usually cut in one of 4 different types of wood cuts.  These 4 types of wood cuts can create different characteristics in the wood grain of the lumber. Understanding …

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Refinishing Pine Furniture

Pine wood Furniture is easy to come by. When I first started refinishing furniture, it was probably the type of wood I recognized first. This is due to Pine being fast growing, soft wood which …

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the 5 characteristics of mahogany wood
Wood Identification

The 5 Characteristics of Mahogany Wood

Throughout my furniture refinishing career, there is one type of wood which I come across again and again.  It stands out in terms of grain pattern and colour and is not easily confused with any …

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Wood Identification

Figured Wood – 5 Common Types

I love wood grain patterns, but when I first started refinishing furniture, I had no idea that there are common types of grain patterns.  I understood what the grain in the wood was but not …

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How to identify teak wood
Wood Identification

How to Identify Teak Wood

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may receive a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. Are you a lover of retro and …

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How to identify Walnut Wood
Wood Identification

Characteristics of Walnut Wood

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may receive a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. Learning how to identify wood is hard! …

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