Massif Audio Design wood products are handcrafted in Toronto using solid wood. Each board in your furniture is selected by hand, and inspected for quality, strength, grain and color. Our domestic woods come from local trees that are harvested sustainably.
All of our selected hardwoods are well suited to our products by virtue of their color, strength, hardness, grain patterns and workability. If you are looking for a different wood species, give us a call. We will be happy to discuss options and considerations.
Just as the trees in our forests are not identical, each individual piece of furniture has its own unique markings. As such you will notice the grain variations that help distinguish each piece as unique. It is not uncommon to find different grain contrasts in the same piece of solid wood furniture. The lighter grain was closer to the tree’s bark (sapwood) and the darker grain was closer to the tree’s center (heartwood). Grain variations and natural markings should not be viewed as flaws—in fact we seek them out as they add character—they have absolutely no effect on your furniture’s durability or structural integrity.
Platforms are available in locally sourced domestic hardwoods:
Ebony Oak (stain)
By request, we can also offer Beech or White Oak in Ebony black stain.
Custom component racks built to your specifications (wood type, shelf width, depth and the space in between for your components).
Standard shelf size =
22"w x 19"d x 1.5"h
Contact us for a quote.
Cable risers are available in all of our featured hardwoods and can be made to match platforms and racks.
Exotic hardwoods available by request for platforms, racks and risers:
Contact us for a quote and availability.
Beech is a workhorse of the hardwoods. Despite being under appreciated due to its sometimes bland appearance, Beech can be as dense and hard as the toughest Rock Maples. Beech is typically a pale cream colour.
Black Cherry develops a rich, reddish brown patina as it ages and is most affected by direct sunlight. Sapwood along the outer edge of the slab has a pale yellowish colour. Mineral deposits (black sap) are occasionally present. A very dense North American hardwood, typically Cherry does not take well to stain and is best left as is.
Local to the eastern US and Canada, Black Walnut has arguably the most character in its grain and variation from blond sapwood to deep heartwood. Walnut is known for its shock resistance, dimensional stability and strength. A highly popular wood with heartwood that ranges from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey.
EBONY OAK (stain)
Stained Black Oak is White Oak, coated with a deep ebony black stain. (see White Oak)
Also known as Hard Maple and Sugar Maple, this wood is the stiffest, strongest and most dense of all the maples. Sapwood is an off-white cream colour; heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Figures like Birdseye*, Spalting* and curly grain patterns can sometimes been seen. (*see Exotic Woods)
Because of its density/closed cellular structure, White Oak has been used in construction and ship building for centuries. White Oak is the hardest Oak available.
Have a favourite wood not listed here?
Call us, we might be able to source it.
AFRICAN MAHOGANY (Tropical West Africa)
African Mahogany has a special light-refracting optical phenomenon to its grain giving it a lot of depth. Typically the colour will darken with age.
BIRDSEYE MAPLE (North America)
Birdseye Maple is not technically a distinct species of Maple, but rather, a figure that’s occasionally found in Rock Maple trees. The figure resembles small bird’s eyes. Reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions for the tree. The Rock Maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain.
BLOODWOOD (Tropical South America)
Bloodwood has a lustrous, vibrant red colour. Color can darken to a brownish red with exposure to daylight. Bloodwood is on par with Gabon Ebony in both hardness and density, yet is not endangered.
BOCOTE (Mexico and Central/South America)
Bocote is eye-catching with striking dark stripes against a yellow-brown surface. While it is as stiff and strong as Rock Maple, it is considerably heavier.
BUBINGA (Equatorial Africa)
With a close resemblance to Rosewood, Bubinga ranges from a pink/red to dark red/brown. Sapwood is straw coloured. Bubinga frequently has a variety of figures. Bubinga has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio.
CHECHEN (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, and southeastern Mexico)
Also known as Black Poisonwood because the living tree has toxic black sap that causes reactions likened to poison ivy. No toxins are left in the wood. Colours are similar to that of a rosewood.
IPE (Central and South America)
Ipe is extremely hard and dense. Colour varies from yellowish olive brown through reddish hues to a dark black brown with contrasting brown/black stripes. It is often referred to as Brazilian Walnut though it has no true relation.
JATOBA (Central America, Southern Mexico, West Indies)
Heartwood varies from a light orangish brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Color tends darken upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a light grayish yellow, clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain typically has a course texture. Jatoba is exceptionally stiff, strong, and hard.
LEOPARDWOOD (Central and South America)
Leopardwood has unique flecking which resemble the spots of a leopard and earned it its name.
OBECHE (Tropical West Africa)
A pale yellow wood, that will darken slightly with age. While Obeche is soft and lightweight, it is a hardwood with a good strength-to-weight ratio.
PADUAK (Central and Tropical West Africa)
Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown).
PAU FERRO (Tropical South America)
Color can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. While not a Rosewood, it is so close in appearance that is often referred to as one.
SPALTED MAPLE (North America)
Any type of Maple that has begun the initial stages of decay, and was then dried, preventing further decay, is called Spalted Maple. The decay gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks yet is still strong, stable and usable.
ZEBRAWOOD (West Africa)
Heartwood is a light brown or cream color with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked. Zebrawood is strong and stiff, with a fairly high density, however, the wood is much more favoured for its bold and unique striping.