Let's talk about some of the elements to your custom furniture piece to really make it your own.
Walnut: my favorite species! Walnut is characterized by its beautiful cathedralling and warm caramel color. Not a very hard wood, so make your to consider that! Character grade has more knots and is lesser priced than select grade walnut.
Alder is often used because it is fairly inexpensive and accepts stain very well. Knotty alder is more rustic and busy with knots, clear alder gives a more uniform look.
The unique grain pattern of Curly Maple, also known as Tiger Maple, offers beautiful patterns which makes it an ideal choice for distinctive furniture pieces. This wood is also strong, heavy and hard.
Teak is a great option is you like a more modern, contemporary look because of its straight grain. It has a warm color and is very durable.
We can talk later about hardware and legs in a part 2 post of Creating Custom Furniture.
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