Selecting Your Hardwoods

What to choose?

JCDC Woodworks uses hardwood found in the eastern United States. Listed below are the typical species of wood we use and a brief description that help you find the right table for your home. We can also usually get maple and white oak.


Ash table with black epoxy  fill
Ash table with black epoxy fill

Ash has had a legendary role in baseball parks, as the big leaguer bats are usually made from Ash. It has also been widely used as handles on shovels, rakes, hoes, and other work tools. It is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from grayish to light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown. Due to the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, ash trees have suffered a large reduction in numbers. Most ash tables crafted by JCDC Woodworks will bear the marks of this insect, as cutting down infected trees is one of the few ways arborists have to attempt to control the invader.


Cherry Serving Tray with Black handles
Cherry Serving Tray with Black handles

Cherry is perhaps the most popular choice among cabinet and furniture makers, due to its attractive appearance and easy to work characteristics. The heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown and will darken with age and exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. Cherry has a straight-grain with a fine uniform,

satiny and smooth texture, and naturally may contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Cherry serving tray shown above.


Live Edge Oak table.
Oak table surface pictured above.

Red Oak is legendary as a fine furniture wood. It is widespread throughout the eastern USA and is by far the most abundant species growing in these hardwood forests. It is hard and a heavyweight to lift. The sapwood is white to light brown and the heartwood is pinkish-reddish brown. It is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture.


Black Walnut is one of the most popular and sought after furniture woods in the USA. Once commonly used as barn wood, due to its decay resistance and abundant supply, it is now one of the most expensive of all American woods. Its color, grain, and texture will bring a

Beautiful live edge walnut table
Live Edge Walnut Table

warm and dark chocolate brown, occasionally with a purplish cast and darker streaks. The wood is generally straight-grained; sometimes with a wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure.

Pictured left is a beautiful example of walnut.

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