An open-grained wood, oak is the traditional.
Some variation in color is normal. Good choice when
stained or with a clear finish. White or off-white stains
do not take as nicely as more traditional wood stain colors.
When painted, even many
coats, the grain still shows through.
A tighter grain, still some variation in color. This evens
out some when stained. Will take white stains, but the
grain color variation will remain. A more even color is
achieved with the traditional wood stain colors. Darker
stains take fairly evenly.
Paints up well because of
the tighter grain.
3/4" Natural Maple
Of the woods shown here, maple has the tightest grain.
Takes virtually any color stain, but the darkest colors (deep
cherry, dark walnut, etc.) do not take as well. Very
little grain color variation.
May be painted because of the smooth
A hardwood, may be an import birch or other tight grained
wood. Very little 'character' to this wood.
That's one reason it paints up nicely. There's really not
much grain to 'photograph' through, so the finished job appears
Usually would not stain well without a
pre-stain sealer of some sort.
9 cross-grained layers (or 'plys') glued together make
this a very sturdy board for its thickness. However, the
3/4" materials used in all the other Sliding Shelves is
stronger. The face (top & bottom) layers normally are
import birch or other tight grained wood. Edges typically
are not banded, showing the edges as in the photo.