Board Up with the Best: Comprehensive Guide to Choose Quality Lumber Boards

Board Up with the Best: Comprehensive Guide to Choose Quality Lumber Boards

Wood is an essential part of our life, it has been used by humanity for centuries. From furniture to structures to musical instruments and more.

 One of the most important aspects of wood is lumber, which consists of planks or beams cut from logs. Lumber is one of the most popular building materials today, thanks to its attractive look, strength, and versatility. 

When it comes to Lumber, it can be divided into two Hardwood and Softwood. 

Hardwood Lumber is more durable and typically expensive than Softwood Lumber


How to choose the right Lumber?

When it comes to choosing Lumber for your project, there arises a question, How to choose or select the right Lumber for that thing, and what are the measures to be taken while selecting Lumber?

Here are some:

  • Grain Pattern
  • Grade
  • Grain Pattern
  • A Lumber can be classified into 3, when it comes to grain pattern,

    They are Plain Sawn, Rift Sawn, and Quarter Sawn lumber

  • Plain-Sawn
  • Plain-sawn lumber has boards with circular patterns similar to tree trunks

  • Rift Sawn
  •  Rift-sawn uses vertical cuts resulting in straight lines running parallel along the length of each board instead of curved patterns found in plain-sawn lumber.

  • Quarter Sawn
  •  Quarter-sawn lumber has straight lines that run at angles across the board’s surface with some circles present at either end depending on how it was cut from the log. 

    Let's have a look at the Best Lumber Species we have in our Exotic Wood Zone.

  • African Mahogany 

    African Mahogany also known as Red Mahogany, is a type of hardwood that is well-known for its dense dark color and its medium to coarse texture. It is fairly easy to work with African Mahogany wood, it glues well and stains very well. African Mahogany wood is commonly used for making Furniture, Flooring, cabinetry, Turned objects, and musical instruments. 

  • Basswood 
  • Basswood, also known as American Basswood is a hardwood native to Eastern North America. Basswood is pale white to light brown in color, with high workability.  Basswood is well known for Lumbers because of its Strength and durability.  Basswood lumber is commonly used for a variety of purposes.

    Its strength, workability, and stability make it a great choice for doors, windowsills, interior trim, moldings, and paneling. It can also be used in construction as joists and beams as well as in staircases, handrails, and ladders. 

  • Purpleheart 
  • Purpleheart wood, also known as Amaranth which is native to Central and South America, is a popular choice for many types of projects. 

     Purpleheart lumber offers numerous advantages for builders and craftsmen alike thanks to its distinctive color combined with outstanding strength and durability characteristics. It helps add character to furniture or flooring projects while providing maximum performance in high-traffic environments. 

  • White Ash 
  • White Ash, also sold and known as Swamp Ash is a type of wood well known for its Lightweight character.

     White ash wood and lumber are highly sought after for a wide range of projects. The key characteristics that make white ash an attractive choice include its uniform texture, resistance to shock, and its ability to hold nails and screws securely.

    White Ash wood is perfect for construction applications such as furniture, cabinets, doors, musical instruments, paneling, flooring, and decorative accents.


  • Walnut 
  • Walnut wood, also known as Black Walnut or American Walnut, is an incredibly popular and versatile type of lumber and is used for a variety of applications. Walnut is known for its beautiful grain patterns, strong durability, and natural resistance to staining and wear.

    Walnut wood is commonly used in Furniture making, cabinetry, and musical instruments.

    Here at Exotic Wood Zone, we offer our customers the best selection of lumber species around. So don't hesitate and take a peek at what’s on offer and you won’t be disappointed!