DIY Projects

Hardwood Plywood Species

Submitted by: Woody Wall on October 14, 2011

Knotty Pine
Colour: Nearly white sapwood; heartwood, cream to light to reddish brown.
Pattern: Straight grain, not contrasty, fine texture
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”

Red Oak
Colour: Grayish white to pale reddish brown sapwood, heartwood flesh coloured to light reddish brown.
Pattern: Straight grained, course texture.
Thickness: 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”.

Birch
Colour: Creamy white sapwood, pale brown heartwood.
Pattern: Straight close grain, fine uniform texture.
Thickness: 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”.

Walnut
Colour: Sapwood whitish to yellowish brown, heartwood light grey-brown to rich chocolate brown.
Pattern: Straight to interlocking or curly, wavy grain.
Thickness: 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”.

Cherry
Colour: Sapwood is nearly white, heartwood light pinkish brown.
Pattern: Fine, straight close grain.
Thickness: 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”.

Maple
Colour: Sapwood white; heartwood gray-white to pinkish tinge.
Pattern: Straight grain, fine texture.
Thickness: 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”.

Beech
Colour: The heartwood is very pale pink-brown.
Pattern: Straigh grain and fine, even texture.
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”.

Ash
Colour: Sapwood nearly white, heartwood grayish brown to light brown.
Pattern: Straight grain, course, even texture.
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”.

Quarter Sawn White Oak
Colour: Varies in colour from pale yellow-brown to biscuit with a pinkish tinge.
Pattern: Straight grain, with silver grain.
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”.

Hickory
Colour: Heartwood is brown or reddish brown.
Pattern: Straight grained, but may be wavy or irregular.
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”.

Alder
Colour: Heartwood is pale yellow to reddish-brown
Pattern: Straight grained and of uniform texture.
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”.

Vertical Grain Fir
Colour: Heartwood is pale buff-reddish to yellowish.
Pattern: Straight grained
Thickness: 1/4” and 3/4”