Build these projects with our recommended species

Build these projects with our recommended species

There are many different species of hardwood out there used for multiple purposes. At Forest 2 Home, our 5 main species that we have readily available in kits for purchase on our website are Cherry, Hard Maple, Walnut, Red Oak, and White Oak.

Look and style play a huge role when deciding which species to use for your next woodworking project. However, there are other factors to consider when choosing your hardwood species. Here's a list of our available species and what projects we think they would be perfect for.


Cherry is a beautiful wood known for its warm coloring, making it a great choice for a custom jewelry box. The red hues of Cherry hardwood will look great with the darker colors of brass hinges and locking plates. DIY instructions found HERE.

Hard Maple

Hard Maple is recognized for its durability, fine texture, and smooth uniform grain. Durability protects against damage and scratches, making it the perfect choice for cutting boards. Hard Maple is also a closed grain wood which means it is able to resist bacteria. DIY instructions found HERE.


Walnut carves very well making intricate woodworking and design easier, which is why it is the ideal hardwood for a rocking chair. Walnut is also a strong and durable wood that holds shape for many years. DIY instructions found HERE.

Red Oak

Red Oak is a common hardwood for floating shelves due to its longevity and forgiving nature. It has great strength properties making it perfect for holding pictures, books and other decorations on your shelves. Red Oak is also one of the easiest woods to stain, sand, and finish. DIY instructions found HERE.

White Oak

White Oak is highly resistant to cracking and water residue, which makes it a great hardwood for coasters to hold your favorite drink. The grain of White Oak is also relatively symmetrical without any significant knotting, giving your coaters a consistent look throughout. DIY instructions found HERE.

Do you have specific projects you like to use Cherry, Hard Maple, Walnut, Red Oak, or White Oak for? Let us know by emailing us at or on social @ShopF2H.

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