What in the WOOD is going on here?!

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Guide to Identifying Wood Material

This is your guide to identifying wood material used in furniture building, not a guide to identifying different types of wood like cherry, oak, mahogany or walnut. If you’re looking to identify different types of wood, I ‘wood’ recommend you plop that request into a Google search bar. Here you’re going to learn more about the different wood materials used to make furniture from the older ‘solid wood’ days to the interesting methods of today.

Today we’re talking solid wood, wood veneer, plywood, particle board (LDF) and MDF. Don’t feel overwhelmed, we have pictures. And yes, all of them are paintable*, but not all of them are stainable. (*If prepped properly, see Blog #1).

Let’s start with my favorite.

Solid Wood

“Solid Wood” is a phrase I see around a lot of furniture sales sites to try to entice people to buy their piece. The only furniture pieces I consider as ‘solid wood’ are the old vintage pieces like the solid oak dressers from yesteryear. Pictured below I have a piece of pine wood bought from Home Depot.