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Wood Species

Wood cabinetry has a unique character all its own. Each piece of wood is entirely unique - just as no two trees are exactly the same. Soil and climate affect the growth characteristics of wood. The finest hardwoods have certain natural characteristics that cannot be hidden with a finishing process. These characteristics occur due to the fact that wood is a natural product and is affected by weather, climate, insects, birds, soil makeup, and natural growth patterns. We offer wide variety of different door styles in different wood species for most of our kitchen and bath cabinets. From our most popular:

Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Maple is a light colored, durable wood which stands up well to heavy use. It is usually straight-grained but small bird's eyes or round curls called burls may be present, adding natural character to the wood.
Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Oak is a heavy, durable wood which can be finished in a wide range of colors to highlight its strong, distinctive grain. Its natural color varies from nearly white to darker gray brown.

    Red Oak may have small pin knots and occasional mineral streaks visible.
Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Cherry is straight-grained, lustrous, and satiny smooth to the touch. Its rich, reddish brown color darkens with age and exposure to sunlight, creating a lovely patina over time. Cherry is light, strong, and takes a finish beautifully.
    Cherry’s smooth, tight - grain, rich color, and stability have won high favor for use
    in kitchen cabinetry. Cherry ranges in color from white to deep red-brown. It is exceptionally stable & unsurpassed in its finishing qualities. Cherry’s color deepens, mellows, with age due to its unique photosensitivity.

    George Washington (of cutting down the cherry tree fame!) claimed to have said that “We have yet to find anything as soothing to the soul and pleasing to the eye as we find well crafted cherry wood furniture to be.” The wood varies from a yellowish pink when first cut to a deep rich reddish brown, often getting darker and richer as it ages. Its smooth texture and working properties make it a favorite wood among furniture and cherry wood door makers. A cherry wood door will always offer your home a warm and elegant touch that makes a quiet nod to your refined and developed tastes.
Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Alder, a relative of the birch tree, is consistently pale in color, with no distinctive grain so it can be finished in a wide variety of colors. It is a smooth, relatively soft wood and is easily distressed.

    Alder has a fine close-grained structure and is easily stained and finished. Part of the popularity of Alder is due to the unusually wide range of grades that are available; with knotty alder giving rise to unique visible surfaces and unusual structural components.

    The cream color of newly cut Alder turns a pink orange whilst working on it. This ‘bleeding’; causes the more mature wood to be beautifully tinted and veined. It was therefore much sought after by furniture makers. In the Highlands of Scotland, it was used for making chairs and cabinets and thus came to be known as ‘Scottish mahogany”. English wood workers were especially fond of the roots and knots of Alder wood and are believed to have been the first to fabricate knotty alder doors. The ancient Roman writer, Virgil, claims that the first boats were made of Alder wood. The timber can resist decay in a wet environment almost indefinitely. Venice floats partly on the strength of Alder trees.
Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest North American wood in common use. Its beautiful fine grain is revealed by a wide variety of finishes.

    Typically will have dramatic color swings from nearly white to brown and may have any combination of color seen in each door with small pin knots and mineral streaks common.
Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Birch - The appearance of the wood will vary between species, but generally, the sap wood is creamy white and the heart stock, golden brown. Paper birch is predominately sap wood, with small brown knotty hearts. The wood is mostly white but as it nears the core will show brown flame patterns, with white sap edges.. quite dramatic. Yellow birch on the other hand, tends to be a larger tree and exhibits a more consistent golden brown colour, with little creamy white sap wood. Often yellow birch shows a nice curl pattern. In commercial operations, unlike maple,it is rarely sorted for colour.

    All birch has a fine and uniform texture, closed pored and no significant odor. Birch dries with a fair amount of shrinkage. It loses almost 16% of its volume going from green to dry lumber and does like to warp and twist if enough weight is not applied to the green lumber as it air dries. Once dried it is stable. It is not resistant to decay, fungal and insect attack. Spalting is very common. Of all the quality domestic hardwoods, Birch would probably be the lowest in price. This is its most redeeming feature. A beautiful wood to look at and work with, and sold at a reasonable price.
Kitchen and Bath Wood Cabinets
  • Pine

Please visit our manufactures websites to find full selection of all wood species.

 

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