If you check out the photo on the left you’ll notice each wood material in it’s raw form where you can see the difference in color and wood grains before it’s stained.
Pine and cedar are softer woods where the oak and poplar are more dense. Soft wood can acquire dents easier than dense wood species. Poplar and pine have a yellow hue to it where the oak and cedar have brown/red undertones to it.
What’s a good wood choice for products that get a lot of use?
This question comes up a lot with customers and we always typically recommend oak or poplar if you plan on your product being in a high traffic area or the “family” table. Pine and cedar are great choices but can acquire daily use quicker than the other two.