QCan you suggest some alternate species, at lower cost, for oak, maple, wal-
nut and cherry?
AIt is difficult to suggest alternate species without knowing what requirements that you might have, such
as color, grain appearance and surface
hardness. I do discuss one species in
FDMC every month. A larger collection is on our Internet site, woodworkingnetwork.com. Look for “Wood
Explorer” and then click on “view all”
to see a lot of the collection.
As a start for your species list, for
oak, consider hackberry or elm; for
maple, yellow birch; for walnut, try cottonwood and use a dark stain; and for
cherry, perhaps cottonwood or maybe
These suggestions are not identical
QOur customers like the white-colored, hickory sapwood lumber that we
for all properties, so the first step for
you is developing your list of require-
produce. The problem is
that, especially in the summer, the
sapwood is pink in color. Why is this?
AThe pinking discolor- ation is due to a chemical oxidation reaction in the wood that turns sugars and
starches in the sapwood into this pink
This chemical oxidation reaction
Tension wood may cause
goes much faster when it is warmer, so
green veneer to buckle as
soon as it is cut.
Need an alternative for oak? Consider hackberry or elm, depending on application.