Let's talk about five excellent woods to use when making any type of wood product. These products can range from wooden cutting boards, wood furniture, kitchen accessories, wooden desk accessories, and even wood toys. And even though these awesome different hardwoods come from around the world, the best products are American made, here in the USA.
1. American Maple
American maple is a very hard wood. It one of the most recognizable woods because of it's white color. Most wood cutting boards are made using American maple. It can be sourced around the country but David Levy gets his American maple from the Midwest.
2. African Sapele
This wood is similar in look to mahogany but it's density and hardness is more aligned to American maple. Sapele is a brown wood from the tropical forests in Africa. It is distinguished by it's color and shiny grain and is most commonly used in wood furniture.
3. American Oak
Oak is probably one of the grainiest woods used in furniture design. It's light brown and has a lot of grain variations. Because it is so abundant, most American made wooden furniture is made with American oak wood. Indiana has a good amount of American oak that is ready to be used for any wooden cutting boards, wood furniture, or toys to be made.
4. African Padauk
Many people don't find many products with padauk in them because it is so exotic. But never the less, padauk is a fantastic wood to use in any wooden product. David Levy uses African padauk as his trademark look and style. It is usually the reddest wood around so if you see a wood cutting board with a red stripe down the center, bet money that it is padauk!
Last but definitely not least, walnut is a very hard wood and is an amazing wood to use in any wood products, especially cutting boards. Because of the cost of walnut, it is typically the darkest wood used in things like wooden cutting boards and wood furniture. There are darker woods like Ebony and Koa but those ones are more expensive and not as common as walnut.
This is just a very short list of 5 common woods in various American made wood products. With that said, we'd love to hear some other woods you all like to use in your products!