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Where can you find the most extensive chart of wood colors for decorating?

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Wood-Database.com contains information on over 500 species of wood. Images show the woods sanded, sealed, end grain and some finished pieces. Wood-Database.com users can browse woods either by common or scientific name.

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Clicking on a wood brings up detailed information useful for design planning such as color, appearance, workability and common uses. The Pricing/Availability section provides subjective descriptors such as “moderate” as opposed to actual market prices. The database reports sustainability information by indicating whether the wood is in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Appendices or on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

In addition to in-depth information on wood species, Wood-Database.com also has numerous articles and top 10 lists helpful to woodworkers as well as home decorators. “Top Ten Hardest Woods” helps in choosing extremely durable wood flooring. “Wood Finishes: What Works When” explains how different finishes protect wood and gives the best woods to use with a particular finish product. Decorators may prefer domestic hardwoods listed in “Common US Hardwoods.” At the bottom of each page, Wood-Database.com offers a hyperlink called Browse Woods (by appearance). This links to its Pinterest page, which separates woods by their patterns and colors.

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