Alder / Knotty Alder
One of the most design friendly woods, alder varies from a golden brown to a reddish tan, is somewhat softer than other hardwoods and has a slightly uniform grain. Light plays off of alder in unusual ways giving each piece unique character.
Cherry / Rustic Cherry
Desired for its rich warm look, cherry is fairly hard and ranges in color from dark reddish brown to pinkish tan and has black mineral streaks or light gum spots. Over time cherry will darken giving it the rich look desired..
Maple / Rustic Maple (Hard)
Ranging in color from a light yellow to a light reddish brown with occasional mineral streaks, maple has a slightly uniform grain and is very hard with a smooth texture.
Used in Europe for the construction of ships until the 19th century, oak has great strength, and because of its attractive grain markings, oak is still often used in the construction of fine furniture.
Commonly used for tool handles because of its strength, density and shock resistance, hickory is also very beautiful. Hickory varies in color from quite white to a reddish brown, and also has many natural character marks that will give your cabinets a unique look.
Close Grained and wear resistant, steamed beech is one of the harder species. With a more uniform color and grain it is desired for a more contemporary look.
Paint Grade is a combination of HDF (see below) and a paint grade lumber such as soft maple. When selecting Paint Grade as a species for you cabinets, the cabinet door stiles & rails, moldings, fillers, and finishing accessories such as decorative corbels and turn posts are all made from a paint grade lumber. All door center panels, drawer fronts and finished panels are made from HDF.
High Density Fiberboard (HDF)
Flat and solid, HDF is an engineered lumber that is painted to produce a smooth quality surface. Because it is uniform and has a mild reaction to moisture, HDF is appropriate for many applications. Also, many people prefer using HDF over regular lumber because it has a lower impact on the environment.