Natural Pine is a pale-yellow in colour. Classed as a softwood, Pine is a lightweight material, yet remains structurally strong and resists shrinking and swelling.
Pine can be stained, painted or oiled to finish.
Beech is a heavy medium-to-hard hardwood. White to pinkish-brown in colour, Beech is close-grained and can be prone to warping.
Beech wood has a high shock resistance and takes stains well.
Oak is one of the most commonly used hardwoods, with a coarse texture and a prominent grain. Oak wood is extremely heavy and strong, and is used for more durable furniture.
Natural oak can come in both light and dark shades, depending on which tree and which part of the world it is forested.
Maple is a very hard 'hardwood' that is known for its super shock resistance (it is commonly used for bowling alleys).
Maple can be finished to resemble walnut, cherry and other more expensive hardwoods.
MDF (Medium density fiberboard) is an engineered wood. Denser than plywood, MDF is used as a building material and does not contain any knots or rings that natural woods have. MDF is an excellent substrate for veneers, and is cheaper than many natural woods.
Veneered MDF uses thin slices of natural wood to decorate the MDF structure, given the appearance that the entire structure is made from natural wood.