Woods Used

Woods Used



Texas Mesquite
The Mesquite Tree
The Mesquite Tree

The trees are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Mesquite is one of the most expensive types of lumber in the U.S. A mature tree can be milled and sold for thousands of dollars. It was a very popular type of wood used by early Spaniards to build Ships; but is now used most commonly for high end rustic furniture and cabinets.   Although often crooked in shape, mesquite tree branches, are stable and durable, they filled the need for wood during the construction of Spanish missions, colonial haciendas,and ranch houses. Its wood served artisans in the crafting of furniture, flooring, paneling and sculpture. “Of the tree mesquite, there is one kind of yellowish wood and another of a deep reddish hue as beautiful when polished as the richest mahogany,” said Red Himel. Mesquite trees provide a bountiful harvest of wood for all of Colorado Case and Cabinet gifts.



AlderAlder is a member of the birch family; it’s moderately light and is slightly soft for a hardwood species.  Alder is commonly used for furniture and cabinetry, ranking right there next to Oak.  With its consistent color, stability, and its ability to accept stains and finishes so well, Alder has proved to be an ideal species for the furniture and cabinetry industries.  Alder is fairly straight-grained with a smooth uniform texture; it may display pin knots, grain “fuzz” and mineral streaks.

Color: When alder is first cut it is white but quickly changes color as soon as it’s exposed to enough air. Alder is consistent in color, from a pale pinkish-brown to almost white.
Grain: Alder has a faint grain pattern similar to oak, it’s a straight tight grain with uniform texture.
Qualities: Alder is moderately lightweight, it machines well, screws, and glues well. Alder has a medium density that has low bending strength and shock resistance.

Finishing Alder: Alder will finish smoothly and takes stain well. Colorado Case and Cabinet recommends using alder when you want uniformity in staining with the idea that knots are common and stain takes differently in these areas. This may be lighter or darker depending on the density of the surrounding wood and how rich a color you choose.


Spalted Pecan comes from a regular pecan tree grown in Texas that has fallen and not milled. The wood actually is beginning to rot, but magically, the rot is halted prior to the wood being lost. The result is some naturally beautiful wood. It lends itself wonderfully to “Texas” or western style room design. It has character that is unequaled in other woods.

The time involved to process this wood is elongated. Pieces have to be selected that will complement each other. The individual pieces may have to be filled and sanded prior to cutting into one of the 23 parts that make up a Bible stand. The extra time is well worth it. Your finished piece will stand out in any setting. Hickory is our most dense and strongest North American hardwood lumber category. As a result, the lumber and trees have had a number of interesting applications. Pecan is included in the hickory lumber category and NHLA graders will not separate it from the other hickory species. Wood characteristics vary greatly in hickory. The wood is nearly semi-ring porous, so the growth rings are usually somewhat subdued like walnut. Northern trees are usually very slow growth, and the rings are very tight. Southern trees may grow somewhat faster. In true hickories the change from large to smaller pores is abrupt so these woods appear grainier as compared to the pecan hickories where the change is more gradual.This grain gives pecan and hickory woods a character all their own. This wood is available for the gifts Colorado Case and Cabinet build for our customers. The wood is light with dark rings and knots. Whenever there is a knot you can be sure we have tested it for security and will make certain it does not come loose in later years.


Red Oak Wood

Red oak is the largest group in this oak family and has the broadest distribution across North America. White Oaks are separated from their cousins in the red oak family. The pores of the heartwood of white oaks are usually plugged with a membranous growth known as tyloses. This makes it impenetrable to liquids and ideally suited to the boat industry. The red oak, on the other hand, has no tylose in its cells, and thus not used in any marine based applications.

White oak is nearly white and usually one to two inches thick; the heartwood is brown with a tinge of red or pink. It seems that the farther south the tree is grown the redder and coarser the wood gets. Due to slower growth, wood cut in northern US and southern Canada has a finer texture, more consistent pale pink color and somewhat denser, than central or southern US oak.

Northern Oak is preferred in all turning and flooring applications. Southern oak is easier to mill, due to its softer texture, but does have more tendency to splinter and tearout. The wood is most often straight grained.

Red Oak finishes and stains easily. It has none of the blotching problems that are associated with birch or maple. The open pores absorb more stain, so the grain pattern becomes quite evident when a dark stain is applied to red oak.


Mahogany Wood

MahogonyMahogany is grown in the Philippines and in the Caribbean. It is a “green” farm raised product.

  • It is also known as Brazilian mahogany, Honduras mahogany, genuine mahogany, and tropical American mahogany, among others.
  • It has a reddish-brown color, which darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished.
  • It is a favorite for fine furniture, musical instruments, interior paneling, architectural trim, hardwood flooring, and a range of luxury products such as jewelry boxes.
  • It has been introduced into several Asian countries in plantation environments. The mahogany timber grown in these Asian plantations is the major source of international trade in genuine mahogany today. Unlike mahogany sourced from its native locations, plantation mahogany grown in Asia is not restricted in trade.

When Colorado Case and Cabinet use Mahogany we look for the uniformity of grain and create a smooth finish with no raised grain. Piano finishes can be given to mahogany if desired but usually our hand rubbed satin finishes are preferred.

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Cherry wood is a brown American hardwood that has a hint of pink or dark red to it. It darkens with age, and this quality is considered both desirable and beautiful.

Light cherry furniture tends to look warmer, yet less formal than dark cherry. It can look especially elegant in hand made furniture and gifts. Cherry wood has pink and red tones and darkens with age. Cherry wood is very durable. While much of the furniture made with cherry tends to be traditional, modern pieces created from this favorite hardwood are also available. Baby cribs that convert into single or double beds are popular, as the bed can grow with the child as well as change to a different, darker wood tone as the years go by. See crib section of this site.


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