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Wood Species

The core to the fine cabinetry of Cabinet Specialists is in its skilled craftsmen, design and selection of fine hardwoods and premium grade plywood veneers. Cabinet Specialists offers a variety of wood species described below.

Just as there are many species of wood, each species has its own characteristics. These are not material flaws, but give identity and uniqueness to each piece of wood, and cabinetry. Each piece of wood is hand selected by our craftsmen to assure uniformity and quality to our product, and with pride each cabinet is hand signed by it's maker.

 
Species are available in both product lines unless other wise noted.
 
   Standard Priced Wood Species   

Poplar (Paint Grade)    Only

Poplar is a very stable wood used primarily for painted or enameled wood products. It has a modest figure and even texture. It varies from yellow to a creamish white, to a pale straw colored heartwood, often with a greenish cast or mineral streaks. 



Ash                                              Only

Ash is a stronger and stiffer wood than most other hardwood species. Ash is noted for its stability and is less subject to twists, cup and dimensional changes. Ash tends to be more shock resistant than other woods. Ash has a predominant grain pattern, and is colored evenly. The graining is "oak-like" in appearance with straight-line, arched and pointed grain. The sapwood is cream colored, to tan heartwood.



Red Oak

Red Oak is known for its predominant grain patterns that run straight line to arched and pointed. Color and value (lightness and darkness) variations are present and noticeable in natural finishes. Oak is one of the stronger hardwoods and still remains a popular hardwood for cabinets.



Rustic Alder

Rustic Alder has the same characteristic as Alder with dramatic color variations, pin hole knots, knot holes and color streaks, along with more radical graining. Rustic Alder will have various size open and closed knots.



White Maple           Only

White Maple is characterized by its smooth, even and fine grain patterns. Natural maple has some color variation, but is generally more uniform than most hardwoods. Mineral streaks are common in maple and appear darker when strained. A distinct mottled or blotchy look is apparent when a stain is applied.

 
    Upgrade Priced Wood Species   

Hard Maple                    Only

Hard Maple is characterized by its smooth, even and fine grain patterns. Natural maple has some color variation, but is generally more uniform than most hardwoods. Mineral streaks are common in maple and appear darker when strained. A distinct mottled or blotchy look is apparent when a stain is applied.



Alder

 

Alder has no visible boundaries between heartwood and sap wood. It is a moderately light wood and machines well. It takes paint and finish very well. Alder takes stain very well as a compliment to walnut and cherry. Pin knots are not a defect.



Knotty Pine

Knotty Pine is a soft wood that is typically a light yellow-brown with a reddish hue and dark knots. Light exposure will further darken the wood. The wood grain pattern is usually quite straight.



Cherry

 

Cherry is smooth even grained hardwood known for its warm, rich character. Heartwood can range from deep red to reddish-brown color. In its natural state cherry may have areas that are yellowish, green and even grey. Variations may be present in natural or light finished cabinets. Cherry "mellows" and darkens with age; exposure to bright or direct sunlight will cause the wood to darken and redden significantly. Cherry will have some sapwood, mineral streaking, fine pin holes and pitch pockets.



Hickory / Pecan

Hickory/Pecan is one of the stronger hardwoods and is a member of the hickory family. Hickory is characterized by dramatic color variations ranging from white sapwood to reddish-brown heartwood, even in the same piece of wood. Pecan will "mellow" with age making the color variation less apparent. It will contain characteristics associated with tree growth, which include pin holes, knots, burls and color streaks. Due to variations in wood, some cabinet parts will have fewer characteristics than others.



Rustic Pecan

Rustic Pecan has the same characteristics as Pecan with dramatic color variations, pin hole knots, knot holes, burls, and color streaks, along with more radical graining. Rustic Pecan will have various size open and closed knots.



Lyptus

Lyptus is grown in managed plantation forests in Brazil. It is hybrid that was developed to be very dense, hard, impact resistant and color varies from red to pink. The grain is typically straight with some variation and accepts strain or paint well. Lyptus is a good alternative to Mahogany.



Walnut

Walnut has been called the "King of Hardwoods". Walnut is smooth grained with a rich and warm appeal. Color can range from deep chocolate brown to light reddish-grey brown. While care is taken to eliminate it, sapwood areas may be present and range in hue from light yellow to light brown. As it ages, walnut will "mellow" and lighten in color.



Aromatic Red Cedar

Aromatic Red Cedar is a wood of choice for its aromatic qualities. The sap wood is very white while the heartwood is reddish purple to reddish brown in color. Streaks of sapwood in the heartwood result in its dramatic appearance. It is common to have many tight knots that add to the character as well.



Ipe'

Ipe' is very dark brown in color with a fine grain pattern and a dark mottled appearance. It is a very hard and durable wood that is commonly used in outdoor decks and marine construction.


 
           
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