Wood Species

Wood Species plays a big part in how your cabinet doors and drawer fronts look.
Learn about the different woods that we use and how they differ.

The wood species you choose plays a big part in how your replacement cabinet doors and drawers look, and ultimately, how your new kitchen looks


We'll explain each type that we offer and the differences between them


Alder

Alder is a hardwood characterized by light brown and reddish undertones.  Alder has a straight and even textured wood grain with distinctive boundaries between the heartwood and the sapwood.  Alder has a stable staining surface and maintains a deep, rich look similar to Cherry wood but will not darken with age like Cherry wood does.

Knotty Alder has a more dramatic grain and may contain knots, pin holes, mineral streaks, small cracks and grain variations.  Some knots may have small holes all the way through the panel.

Alder Select and Knotty Alder have a Janka Hardness Rating of 590 which is considered soft.

 DIY-Cabinet Doors Alder SelectDIY-Cabinet Doors Alder Knotty



Cherry

Cherry is a hardwood characterized by light brown and reddish undertones.  Cherry has a smooth and close-grained texture with a fairly uniform texture and random markings.  Blonde streaks are also common.  Cherry has a stable staining surface and maintains a warm look.  Cherry is light sensitive and darkens with time, which is one of the reasons why it is highly sought after. 

 Cherry has a Janka Hardness Rating of 995 which is medium soft.

DIY-Cabinet Doors Cherry Select DIY-Cabinet Doors Cherry planks

Hickory

Hickory is a hardwood characterized by dramatic color changes from white or blonde to reddish-brown and dark brown.  Hickory has a smooth, close-grain texture that makes it extremely strong.  Hickory is a dry wood and as such, accepts stains readily and will finish to a lustrous shine.  The flowing grain pattern and color variations make it popular in more rustic settings.  

Knotty Hickory has more dramatic color and grain variations, often times featuring irregular and wavy patterns.  Knotty or Rustic Hickory also commonly includes knots, worm holes, mineral streaks and burls which add to its natural charm and rustic appearance.

 Alder Select and Knotty Alder have a Janka Hardness Rating of 1820 which is considered hard.  Hickory is also used in tool handles, such as hammers and pick axes, as well as baseball bats due to its toughness.

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Maple

Maple is a hardwood characterized by smooth, even and fine wood grain.  Predominantly creamy-white, with occasional reddish-brown tones. Maple accepts a wide variety of color stains easily.  One of the most popular woods used in cabinetry, Maple wood is a timeless choice that stays beautiful for generations.  

Knotty Maple has more dramatic color and grain variations, commonly accompanied by knots, worm holes, mineral streaks and birds' eye dots.  Dark brown areas are also common in Knotty or Rustic Maple.

 Maple Select and Knotty Maple have a Janka Hardness Rating of 1450 which is medium. 

DIY-Cabinet Doors Maple Select DIY-Cabinet Doors Maple Knotty

Oak

Oak has been used in fine furniture for years and makes for excellent cabinet doors and drawer fronts.  Oak ranges in color from white to pink and reddish tones.  Streaks of green, yellow and black may appear due to mineral deposits in the wood.  Grain characteristics of Oak consists of fine lines, pin stripes and leafy grains.  Oak tends to stain evenly and is an excellent choice for all finishes, light to dark. 

Knotty Oak has more intense color and grain variations, commonly accompanied by knots, worm holes and mineral streaks.  Dark brown splotching is common in Knotty or Rustic Oak.

Oak Select and Knotty Oak have a Janka Hardness Rating of 1360 which is medium. 

DIY-Cabinet Doors Oak Select DIY-Cabinet Doors Oak Knotty

Paint Grade

Paint Grade cabinet doors and drawer fronts utilize Maple stiles and rails as well as either a MDF or solid Maple center panel, depending on the door style.  Typically, recessed panels are MDF or Medium Density Fiber because of its smooth surface which makes it ideal for paint.  Raised Center Panel cabinets often times utilize a solid wood center panel due to the intricate routing done to the center panel.

Each door style in our selection will specifically state if the center panel is MDF or solid wood.

Paint Grade Maple commonly has large dark areas or mineral streaks which will be covered by painting.

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