Cabinet Lumber

This is a quick reference table for our most popular stock species.

The Janka rating quantifies the relative hardness of a species of wood. It measures the amount of force required to embed an 11.28mm diameter steel sphere halfway into the piece of wood. For more information on the Janka hardness test and the sources of our ratings, please see the Wikipedia page or the Table on the subject.

Northend Hardwoods also stocks a large selection of  S3S (surfaced three sides) and S4S (surfaced four sides) lumber in a variety of species : ash, cherry, maple, poplar, mahogany, oak, walnut, etc.

We are also able to mill any of these species of rough lumber into custom profiles at our facility in Lyndonville, VT. We produce baseboards, cap moldings, casings, coves, crowns, flooring, wainscoting and window trim. For more information regarding custom shaped lumber, please see our custom milling and profiles page.

Our cabinet lumber is available in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 and 16/4 thicknesses. We strive to have a complete inventory for each species. Due to the variable availability of wood in the market, we may need advance notice to acquire the stock for your order . Please contact us to speak to a member of our staff. We can check our inventory to see if we have have the item you seek and provide current pricing.
GrainDescriptionJanka Rating (pounds-force)
Ash is a durable, strong, flexible wood. Because of these characteristics, it is often used in fabrication of baseball bats, bows and tool handles. It is also a popular furniture veneer.
Basswood is a soft, lightweight, subtly grained wood. It is typically used for carving models, electric instruments as well as sauna walls and food storage containers for it's naturally pleasant aroma. The pale wood can easily be stained to match any surface and takes paint well too.
Red BirchBirch, Red:
Red Birch is the heartwood: the hardened, decay resistant core of the yellow birch tree. It is darker and richer in color than the sapwood of the same tree. This wood is often used for cabinets and flooring.
Yellow BirchBirch, Yellow:
When scratched, yellow birch is easily identified by the wintergreen smell of its inner bark. Because if its durability and orderly grain, it is often used for cabinetry and hardwood flooring.
Bubginga is a very dense highly figured wood that resembles the mineral Tiger's Eye when polished. It is often used as a luxury accessory highlight in automobiles. Because of its resonance, it is also used to create guitars and drums.
Butternut is a member of the black walnut family and is often referred to as White Walnut. Butternut is softer than Black Walnut and is often used for carving and turning. A natural oil finish brings out the lustre and luminosity of this pale wood.
Aromatic CedarCedar, Aromatic:
Aromatic Cedar is actually a type of Juniper. It is primarily used where moisture resistance is needed: boat building, shingles, fence posts, etc. Because of its strong aroma it is also used to line closets and chests.
Cherry is a lustrous red brown wood that is prized by craftsmen for its beauty and workability. It is often used for cabinetry. It should be considered that Cherry will darken over time as it is exposed to light.
Douglas FirDouglas Fir - Clear Vertical Grain:
Douglas Fir is a softwood conifer that can grow to heights greater than 300 feet, surpassed by only Coastal Redwood.
This strong, elastic wood is most commonly used for structural construction. Douglas Fir has a high dimensional stability, meaning that it readily retains its shape and dimensions under varying stressors: temperature fluctuations, moisture content and load.
Hickory is a strong and durable hardwood. Because of its shock absorbent qualities it was historically used to create golf club shafts, field hockey sticks, baseball bats, tool handles, switches, canes and drumsticks. It is favored by wood turners and barbecue enthusiasts alike.
Jatoba is a heavy and dense Brazilian hardwood. It has a deep mahogany-russet tone. Because of it's durability and ability to hold screws better than nails, it is often used as a decking plank.
Lacewood is a popular Australian ornamental tree commonly referred to as "Silky Oak". It has a beautiful and distinctive ribbon ray grain when quartersawn - cut perpendicular to the growth rings. It is often carved with hand tools into ornaments or used as a veneer.
One of the most popular woods for premium furniture of the 18th century Americas, Mahogany was over-harvested in its native environment and has since begun to be sourced from pacific plantations. This long, straight grained wood has a beautiful deep red tone that darkens over time.
Birdseye MapleMaple, Birdseye:
Birdseye Grain is a phenomenon that appears in the wood of the Sugar Maple. The grain of the wood contorts around small circles, creating an effect that appears as small eyes. There is no way to tell if a tree will contain Birdseye patterning before felling and sawing. This wood is often used for veneers, detailing and turning.
Curly MapleMaple, Curly:
Often called Flamed Maple, Tiger Stripe or Fiddleback, this highly figured wood is commonly used to craft musical instruments. This distinctive flame pattern is caused by the growth of the grain in undulating waves.
Hard MapleMaple, Hard:
Also known as Sugar Maple, this wood is a light colored and durable. It is common in the Northeastern United States as well as Ontario and Quebec. The strength and durability of this wood make it a common choice for cabinetry, furniture and flooring.
Soft MapleMaple, Soft:
Soft Maple is a less dense, more easily workable type of wood than Sugar Maple. The species is light in color and often tinted or stained to mimic other types of wood.
Red OakOak, Red:
Red Oak is a heavy, porous, open grained, strong, versatile wood. The species is a native to Northeastern North America. It is used for a variety of woodworking tasks including flooring, moldings, cabinetry and furniture.
Quarter Sawn Red OakOak, Quarter Sawn Red:
Quarter Sawn Red Oak is an alternatively milled board. The board is cut in lines generally radiating from the center to the outside of the log. This process of sawing creates more structually sound boards in addition to a dynamic visual effect known as flecking or rays, which appear to shimmer and give depth to the board.
White OakOak, White:
As a result of a cellular structure known as tyloses, the White Oak is not permeable by water. Because of this characteristic, it is a common choice for use in shipbuilding and cooperage.
Quarter Sawn White OakOak, Quarter Sawn White:
Quarter Sawn White Oak is commonly used for furniture making. It was the characteristic wood of the Craftsman movement. It is still favored for its strength, stability and beautiful flecked surface.
Padauk is a rich, red African hardwood. It is often used as an accent or veneer because of it's natural, deep red tone. It is also acoustically warm and resonant, becoming more popular for use in guitar making.
Clear Eastern White PinePine, EWP D-Select:
Eastern White Pine (EWP) is an evergreen, softwood tree originating in the Northeastern United States. It was historically used in construction, cabinetry and as a wide plank flooring. Our D - Select grade wood contains knots and is meant for rustic application or painted finishes.
Pine, EWP Furniture:
Our furniture grade Eastern White Pine is clear of knots and blemishes. These are the finest boards culled from the variety of planks that come from a single tree. This grade wood is recommended for doors, windows, cabinetry and is available in standard and extra wide dimensions, over 10 inches.
Poplar is a light, porous hardwood. It is often used for milling custom profiles. It accepts paint, stains and nails well and is a popular choice as a wood for interior architectural detailing.
Rosewood can be sourced from one of a dozen or so different species. Its is a deep brown, reddish colored wood that often retains a subtle sweet smell for a number of years. It is dense, strong and polishes beautifully: often used in instrument construction and delicate and ornate turning projects.
Teak is a tropically grown, water resistant hardwood. It is most commonly used in production of outdoor furniture and for boat decking and finish work.
Ranging in color from cream to chocolate brown, Walnut is a popular, easy to work with, hardwood. Walnut is attractive to both luthiers and traditional rifle manufacturers. Veneers and turned bowls are often made from Walnut burls.
Wenge is a deep, richly colored African tropical hardwood. It is often used in segmented woodturning to contrast a lighter wood like Maple. It is commonly used for the body and necks of electric guitars and basses.
Zebrawood is an exotic, cream and ebony colored, striped wood when quarter sawn. It is primarily used as a luxury embellishment, for marquetry, as a veneer, or in instrument construction.
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  2. I’m looking for straight-grain white ash to replace gunwales on a Mad River Canoe. I’m looking for one 1x6x17′ or two 1x3x17′. What might the cost be for both? If you have the material, can they be shipped or is it really expensive?

  3. We do have 1 x 6 Ash. 17′ Lengths are not available. Usually Ash will come in 14′ Lengths or less. Please contact us at (802) 864-3037 and we can find something that will work for you!

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