Wood and other Materials

This page contains information about the woods and other material we use.

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Q1:  Which wood is the most popular for your boards?

Mahogany is far the most popular, with pine second, then walnut, cherry and maple pretty close and oak a distant fifth.


Q2:  Why would I pick mahogany for a board?

Mahogany is fairly hard and has a nice warm, reddish wood tone. It shows engraving and images very well and is often available in wide planks making it suitable for larger boards.


Q3:  Why are most of your round boards are made of pine?

We only use pine for our 15" diameter round pine boards which we get already round from our wood supplier.  That saves a lot of work as with other species, you either have to find a rare 16" wide plank to cut it out from or you have to glue and laminate pieces together and spend a lot of time sanding it smooth.


Q4:  What about maple?

Maple is even harder than mahogany and has a light, creamy color. It engraves very well and dark engraving is very easy to see with great contrast.  Maple is recommended for those with vision issues as the dark holes show up very well.

Q5: What about Cherry?

Cherry is good compromise color-wise between the darker mahogany and lighter maple.


Q6:  Walnut is even darker?

Yes - we use mainly black walnut which is usually very dark although we do sometimes find lighter planks. Engraving is usually filled with black paint to help visibility but the dark wood keeps the contrast low. 


Q7:  Oak seems to cost a lot more?

Drilling and engraving oak, and the subsequent painting is much more difficult and we price oak higher to cover the extra work involved.  It's a porous wood with open pores but very strong, with a warm tone and often clear grain.


Q8: What are your pegs made of?

Our boards come with metal pegs as standard.  Materials include Stainless Steel, Black Steel, Brass, Copper and Aluminum. 

We also have a range of painted and natural wooden pegs which we can swap out if requested.

You can see our pegs on the Pegs and Accessories page.


Q9: What is the peg pocket sliding door made of?

We use brass sheet for our peg doors.



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