Northern red oak has been used in the cabinet industry for many years. It is recognized by the predominant grain patterns that vary between straight grain and arched grain patterns. Oak is a very strong hardwood with some color variation.
Alder is a tighter and straighter grain hardwood. While it accepts stain better than most species, it is one of the softer hardwoods and can dent relatively easily. Alder has become one of the most popular wood species for cabinetry.
Maple is a smooth even grained hardwood. You will find minor color variation and some mineral streaking in Maple, but not as much as in other species. When staining Maple with darker stains, be aware of how the different graining accepts the stain.
Hickory is one of the hardest and strongest hardwoods. There are apparent color variations ranging from white to darker browns and grays. Hickory is mainly used with natural or light finishes to show off the broad range of colors.
Cherry is a warm, rich wood with even graining with a reddish color. Cherry richens and darkens with time, and changes faster when exposed to more light. While Cherry is mostly reddish in color, it will have some lighter coloring and minimal mineral streaking.
Paint grade may be any combination of medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and paintable hardwoods. MDF is an engineered wood product made from wood fibres glued under heat and pressure. MDF allows for a smooth surface when painted.
Specialty Wood Species – Available in Frameless Cabinets Only
Qtr Sawn Oak
The distinct quartering and flecking in the otherwise straight grain pattern of Quartersawn Oak make it very recognizable. Some color variation is apparent in light stains. Quartersawn Oak is a truly traditional wood that achieves a “craftsman” appearance.
Knotty Pine is a light colored wood with brown to black colored knots. With time the Knotty Pine in a Natural finish will change in color to the traditional yellow pine color. This species is great for creating a rustic, yet warm cabin like feeling.
Walnut is without a doubt a truly premium hardwood with a warm and rich look. Black Walnut is known for being predominately dark brown in color with a smooth grain. Some lighter colored sapwood can appear, however, care is taken to eliminate and prevent this.