Wood Conference Table Options

You’ve decided on a solid wood conference table, great! Each species of wood has it’s own unique characteristics. It can be difficult to understand which wood you should choose without research or prior knowledge. Some woods are prized for their hardness and weight, while some woods are sought after for their unique grain and color. With so many wood conference table options available, we have made the following guide to help understand the different qualities of each wood species. This article will cover 5 domestic species of hardwood lumber. Be sure to check out some of our custom conference tables located on our custom conference table page or our Architizer listing!

 

Walnut

Walnut is well known for it’s natural brown color. Some walnut’s have pink, orange, tan, or red color streaks that carry through the grain. Walnut wood has an open grain which means you can see the wood pores and feel their texture. While it is not the hardest of the five woods it is still the most popular wood for conference table tops. Of these species of wood, walnut is the most expensive.
 
Walnut

 

Maple

Maple typically has a uniform light color that is great for staining a color. At times some maple pieces may have extreme grain such as black lines (spalting) or very curly wavy figure and grain. Maple wood has closed grain which means you can not see the wood pores or feel their texture, giving a very non textured top. It is a very popular wood conference table option because it can be stained so many colors. Of these species of wood, maple is a middle priced option.
 
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Ash

Ash is well known for being used to make baseball bats! Ash can be yellow in color depending on lighting, but with new stains and whitewash techniques the color can be toned down. Ash wood has an open grain which means you can see the wood pores and feel their texture. This open grain helps to hide scratches from everyday use. Ash is one the hardest of the five woods but is still a great choice for conference table tops. Of these species of wood, ash is the least expensive.
 
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White Oak

White Oak is a hard and heavy wood that is very popular. It can be yellow-brown in color depending on lighting, but with new stains and whitewash techniques the color can be toned down. It can also be stained many different colors White Oak wood has an open grain which means you can see the wood pores and feel their texture. This open grain helps to hide scratches from everyday use. White Oak is one the hardest of the five woods. Of these species of wood, white oak is similar to walnut pricing.
 
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Cherry

Cherry, much like walnut, is well known for it’s natural color. Wood conference tables that use cherry are a little tricky to take care of. Becuase cherry is sensitive to light and darkens over time, care has to be taken to not leave items on the table that will leave shadows. Cherry wood has a closed grain structure which means you can not see the wood pores or feel their texture. Cherry is considered a hard wood. Of these species of wood, cherry is a middle priced option.
 
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