Welcome to Bob’s BK Woodworking Blog

by BobJohnson on October 28, 2010

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Robert Johnson, Master Woodworker, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Master Woodworker Bob Johnson

Hi, I’m Bob Johnson, one of the owners of BK Woodworking and I’d like to use this space to answer your questions about one of my favorite topics: wood.

I thought I’d start off by telling you a bit about the types of wood that are available to us here in the United States.

As you might guess, not all wood has the same hardness and durability. Here’s a rundown of some of the more common types and their quality.

You can make furniture out of just about any but the softest types of wood but some woods are better than others.

Woods are often classified as hardwoods or softwoods.


Hardwoods are rare and often expensive but wonderful for furniture. If you have an old piece of beaten up furniture constructed out of hardwood, there’s a good chance it’s worth restoring.

Some hardwoods include

  • Mahogany
  • Walnut
  • Oak
  • Maple
  • Cherry
  • Rosewood
  • Teak


Softwoods are often used in the construction trade and in hidden parts of furniture. Entire pieces of furniture are also made out of some softwoods, but like their name implies, they aren’t as hard as hardwoods like mahogany or walnut. Some softwoods include

  • Pine
  • Hemlock
  • Fir
  • Redwood
  • Spruce
  • Cedar

Manufactured Woods

Many modern woods are manufactured from by wooden sheeting. They can be thick or thin.

Some of these types of wood include:

  • Fiber Board
  • Chipboard
  • Plywood

What type of wood is best for your project?   Well,  contact us about your project and I’ll  give you an answer.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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