Most of wood corbels are available in your choice of Hard Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Cherry, Alder, or White hardwoods. They come to you triple sanded and ready to accept your desired finish. Before you choose your hardwood, we strongly suggest you consider your specific project:
If you intend to paint your corbels one solid color; the best wood types for your project is Alder, Maple, or White hardwood. A nice, tight grain is a characteristic of these wood types, and since the opaque quality of the paint will cover the grain in the end, these wood varieties are the most cost effective for your project.
If you intend to stain your corbels and wish to match an existing stain, Maple and Alder is the wisest choice. These varieties are lighter in color and possess a minimal grain. Apply the stain in layers until you achieve the depth of stain you desire. Maple and Alder are the most forgiving of the varieties and are considered to be the most user-friendly.
If you wish to stain White Hardwood, be aware that this hardwood is less dense than the wood varieties. This quality allows the wood to absorb stain the most extensively, so the utmost care must be taken with the application. Vigilance is required when applying the stain, since any overlapping of layers will show clearly. With White Hardwood, you must work quickly and carefully.
If you wish to match existing Cherry cabinet components finished in a clear varnish, select a Cherry corbel and finish it in clear varnish as well. The same rule can be applied for matching Oak finished in a clear varnish.
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