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Stair Balusters Design Tool

House Of Forgings Stair Design Tool

Superior Moulding inc.
SHOWROOM in Van Nuys, CA
Wood Species
Red Oak Lumber

Red Oak is the most common in the stair industry.

The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heart wood is a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture.


Cherry  ( American Cherry )
We carry a full-line of Cherry Newels and Balusters.

The heart wood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and on exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets.

Hard Maple Lumber
Hard Maple is the only maple used by Leeper's Stair Products Newels and Balusters.

The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge and the heart wood varies from light to dark reddish brown. Both sapwood and heart wood can contain pith fleck. The wood has a close fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained, but it can also occur as "curly," "fiddle back," and "birds-eye" figure.

Soft Maple lumber

Soft Maple: House of Forgings Maple is soft maple  Newels and Balusters. please call first.

In most respects soft maple is very similar to hard maple. Generally the sapwood is grayish white, sometimes with darker colored pith flecks. The heart wood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The wood is usually straight-grained. The lumber is generally sold unselected for color.

Brazilian Cherry
Brazilian Cherry is a very beautiful reddish brown wood, with an interlocking grain and a golden luster or glow beneath. It is a hard, heavy and very strong wood, having a specific gravity .91. Brazilian cherry steam-bends well, and glues well, although nailing may require pre-drilling. It's very hard to carved the fittings.