Specialty Woods

When your project calls for specialty or hardwoods not usually found in an outside lumber yard, we stock beautiful boards that will greatly enhance your fine wood working projects.

  • Please call ahead to verify stock, sizes and quantity on hand.
  • Hardwoods are only stocked at Hartnagel Building Supply.


  • Heartwood tends to be a light reddish brown, with nearly white sapwood.
  • Used in plywood, boxes, turned objects, interior trim, and other small specialty wood items.

Black Walnut

  • Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white.
  • Used in furniture, cabinetry, gunstocks, interior paneling, veneer, turned items, and novelties.


  • Heartwood is a light pinkish brown to a medium reddish brown. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
  • Used in cabinetry, fine furniture, flooring, veneer, turned objects, and small items.

Douglas Fir

  • Varies in color based upon age and location of tree.  Wood can exhibit wild grain patterns.
  • Used veneer, plywood, and structural, construction lumber.

Eastern Maple

  • Sapwood is most commonly used & ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue.
  • Used in flooring, veneer, musical instruments, cutting boards, workbenches, turned objects and specialty wood items.


  • Reddish brown to yellowish white.
  • Used in Veneer, plywood, sheathing, sub-flooring, boxes, crates, posts/poles, interior trim, cabinetry, and construction lumber.


  • Freshly cut the heartwood is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple.
  • Used in inlays/accent pieces, flooring, furniture, boatbuilding, heavy construction, and specialty wood items.

Red Alder

  • Tends to be a light tan to reddish brown; color darkens and reddens with age. The grain pattern is like Birch though redder.
  • Used in veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, millwork & musical instruments.

Red Oak

  • Has a light to medium reddish-brown color, though there can be a fair amount of variation in color.
  • Used in cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, and veneer.

Tennessee Cedar

  • Heartwood is light to medium red brown.  Sapwood is light tan to off-white. It’s not uncommon for boards to contain pockets of partially decayed wood (peck).
  • Used in fence posts, construction lumber, sheathing, siding, chests, and exterior furniture.

Western Hemlock

  • Heartwood is light reddish brown. Sapwood may be slightly lighter in color. The growth rings can exhibit interesting grain patterns on flatsawn surfaces.
  • Used in boxes, pallets, crates, plywood, framing, and other construction purposes.

Western Red Cedar

  • Red to a pink brown, often with streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas.
  • Used in shingles, exterior siding, lumber, boxes, crates, and musical instruments.