Wood Types

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Wood Types 2016-11-18T18:10:51+00:00

Wood Stain Finish Options


Alder is a wood that has just recently come into favor as cabinet material. It has very little grain, is very pale, and accepts stains easily, so it can be colored any shade you’d like. This peach-colored wood is often substituted for cherry, with a similar tight, even grain, though it is somewhat lighter in appearance.

Knotty Alder

Knotty alder has the same characteristic as regular alder but has knots in it which may be more preferable for rustic look.


Maple is the number one choice for kitchen cabinets presently. It is known for its sheer adaptability. It has a smooth, fine grain that accepts color well, so it can blend right in with your kitchen, no matter what the style.

Brown Maple

Brown maple has the same characteristic as regular maple. The only difference is in the color and grain pattern. We normally use brown maple/MDF for painted products.


Cherry wood has been used in upscale kitchens for decades. It has a very smooth, uniform grain and looks very elegant. It can be stained many shades, but the most common is a deep brown-red. The word cherry comes with reason because it does turn redder over time especially when it is exposed to direct sunlight.


Black Walnut’s favorable working characteristics and rich color make it one of the most valued domestic lumbers. Black Walnut is semi-ring porous, with medium-sized pores throughout and larger pores at the edge of its growth rings. The wood has a low level of shrinkage when drying, and suffers very little seasonal movement.


Oak has traditionally been the most popular choice for kitchen cabinetry and it’s easy to see why. It has a coarse texture that can be made more pronounced with a dark stain, or lessened with a lighter stain. It’s very durable and doesn’t expand with humidity as much as other woods.

Rift White Oak

The white oak is more durable, less porous, finer textured, has better color than red oak; it is considered better for furniture and cabinet work.


Hickory wood is a very hard wood. The patterns create a wonderful warm color variation which adds not only warmth but style to any kitchen. This type of wood is used mostly to make kitchen cabinets as well as furniture because of its resilience and endurance.


Golden to reddish brown, with extremely tight and straight fine vertical grain lines developing when the wood is quarter sliced.


Beech characteristics are hardness, greater strength, good shock resistance, and conspicuous wood rays with tiny and virtually invisible wood pores. Rays are slightly enlarged and will show up as flake when quarter sliced.


Melamine kitchens are becoming popular for contemporary style kitchens. Melamine is easy to clean and it gives a simple straight line look that is perfect for contemporary designs.


Also known as Thermofoil, is a plastic material which is thermoformed to the profile of an underlying engineered wood core which is normally MDF.