features also enable crisper detail and more
intricate carving motifs.
Hard maple generally has interesting
graining that adds life to corbels. A relatively
clear wood that ranges from light brown to
creamy tan in color, it takes nicely to natural
or light finishes. Honey brown stain tends to
complement hard maple corbels particularly
Red and White
species in the United
States, has been a
favorite of craftsmen for hundreds of years.
Very hard and durable, oak is a popular
choice for corbels, cabinets, floors and many
types of furniture. The species comes in two
basic varieties: red and white.
Both red and white oak stain beautifully in
most any color and sport distinctive grain
patterns ranging from straight lines to wide
arcs. Red oak, the more common of the
varieties, has a pinkish tint and open grain
pores. White oak has a slightly greenish hue
and smaller pores.
Poplar trees can
reach heights of 150
feet, making them
the tallest of all U.S.
hardwood species. Prized for its durability,
the wood is used in corbels as well as
kitchen cabinets, molding and doors. You'll
also find poplar in many musical
Poplar is pale yellow to white in color with a
greenish tint in the sapwood and open grain
pores. It stains well across a range of colors
(including a honey tone with darker colors)
and holds paint quite nicely too. A
reasonably priced option when choosing a
wood for your corbels.
White hardwood, or
basswood, is used for
wood corbels, molding,
furniture and even Venetian blinds and
shutters. In terms of appearance, this wood
is fairly plain: very light cream in color with
little to no grain.
What makes white hardwood stand out —
particularly for crafting corbels — is that it's
so easy to work with. The softness and
straight grain of white hardwood make it the
ideal carving wood. It also takes well to paint
or a polyurethane finish.
InvitingHome.com offers a wide variety of
corbels, most of which are available in three
or more wood species. The type of wood is
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