When picking out new cabinet doors, an important option to consider is the species of wood the doors and refacing materials will be made from. Wood grain and color show through water-based stain, bringing out the natural beauty of the wood. Because wood varies between species, it is important to choose the right wood for your kitchen. We have put together a list of wood species we carry for you to mull over.
Select Maple Wood
Maple is a large family of wood that grow all over the world. Our select maple is a hard wood with minimal grain. The wood color is a creamy, pale yellow with strong consistency. Hand picked for this consistency, select maple is the perfect choice if you are interested in a more subtle wood species that will not overpower the stain.
Paint-Grade Maple Wood
We also use this maple for our tinted lacquers. The hardness of the maple and lack of grain are perfect for applying tinted lacquer, creating a very smooth, durable finish. Because our tinted lacquer is completely opaque, we use paint-grade wood that has less color consistency. With durability and finish not affected, paint-grade maple is the perfect option for our lacquers.
Select Alder Wood
Alder is a species of trees that grows primarily in the northern temperate climate. It has a smooth, straight grain and a great staining surface. Its natural color is a light brown with reddish undertones, taking stains darker than our maple. Because it is a softer wood and lighter in weight, care should be taken to not dent or damage the surface.
Rustic Alder Wood
With many large knots and prominent grain, rustic alder is valued for its unique characteristics. Knots can be relatively small or large and go completely through the wood, creating holes. Some doors may have little in the way of knots and grain. Others may be covered. Lighter stains are preferred on Rustic Alder to let the wood itself be the focus. If you have a southwest themed kitchen or a cabin-style, Rustic Alder may be the perfect wood for you.
A timeless wood species, Cherry Wood is a hardwood with a satin texture and beautiful, smooth grain variation. Not to be mistaken for a Cherry stain, the wood color is reddish brown and darkens with age and sunlight exposure. Because of this, Cherry Wood is ideal for darker stains and takes to stain with a regal, warm tone.
Also known as Sepelli or Sepele Mahogany, Sepele is a tree native to tropical Africa. This hardwood is considered similar to mahogany and a modern replacement for the now endangered species. With a ribbony grain and a wood color from golden to dark reddish brown, it is wood we recommend a natural stain on. Sapele Wood is a perfect answer to a modern kitchen.
Hickory is a hardwood tree native to North America, China, Southeast Asia, and India. Traditionally used for applications that required strength, Hickory Wood is a great choice for a unique, custom kitchen look. It’s wood color is a medium brown with golden highlights and with intense color variation. The grain is primarily straight with a medium texture. Perfect for a cabin or country home, this is a wild and unique, custom look.