Wood Stain and Leather Samples
Wood Types (Base prices are for red oak)
Red Oak is an extremely strong, tough wood that has a pronounced open grain. Red Oak has a slight orange or reddish hue. This is the wood you want if you love a warm look. Go into any antique store in America and you will find furniture over 100 years old made of oak.
Brown Maple combines the browns, tans, whites and creams to give a rustic feel. Because it is a softer hardwood staining it certain colors can make the finish appear blotchy. This wood is great for staining medium to dark colors or painting.
Cherry is a hard durable wood that has a reddish-brown tone with a tight, straight grain that becomes darker and richer as it ages. This is preferred by folks that want a slight but elegant grain. Takes stains as good as any wood. This sample represents an aged piece of cherry.
Quarter Sawn White Oak
Quarter-sawn means cutting into the log at a 90-degree angle to the growth rings which gives it a special grain pattern. If you love a lot of mixed grain patterns in your furniture quarter sawn is for you. Some pieces actually resemble mahogany in grain pattern. The White Oak has a cooler white to sage undertone.
Mahogany has a generally straight, even textured grain and is usually free of any voids or pockets. It has a natural light reddish brown color which darkens to a medium reddish brown over time and displays a beautiful reddish sheen when varnished or polished. It absorbs stains evenly when darker finishes are desired. It has excellent workability and is very durable and slow to deteriorate. These properties make it a favorable wood for furniture and boat making, as well as for making fine musical instruments, and other durable objects like fine art carvings and even tools. Honduras mahogany is one of the best woods for machining, cutting, and planning. Honduras Mahogany can be sanded beautifully smooth easily and efficiently while routed edges remain crisp and sharp as the wood is strong and dense. Honduran Mahogany is imported from renewable forests. It is the only wood we use that is imported. Some confuse "Mahogany" as a finish color because many manufacturers name certain stains "Mahogany". Mahogany tree species can vary quite a bit and many older African Mahoganies are no longer used.
NOTE: We can custom match a particular color of the stain as long as it is applied to the proper choice of wood. Custom matches may cost extra. If a specialist is needed to match your sample they charge up to $295 to do so depending on the complexity of the match. If we have to create a dye (for very dark colors) in addition to your stain that also costs an additional $100. We usually can come very close to what you have with our large selection of stock stain colors. However, some customers send us to stain colors from other furniture manufacturers who have created proprietary colors that are very difficult to match. This is when it can cost extra.
Our Most Popular Leathers
"Top grain" leathers are characterized by a variety of natural markings such as veins, wrinkles, and small scars. Such markings on select top grain hides in no way diminish the attractiveness of the leather desktop.