How to Select Wood Species
Now that you have selected the style and type of your cabinet door, you will need to select the wood species. We offer five different wood species and multiple stains for your cabinet selection. When selecting your wood specie, take into consideration the advantages of each type of wood to ensure you select the one that best meets your needs.
We use a select grade of Red Oak door. Colour and grain variations are held to closer tolerances than in a Natural grade. The colour is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate colour variations are allowed between doors. A few of the smallest pin knots may be allowed along with a small amount of mineral streaks and sapwood allowed in machined areas. Oak is a hardwood with open pores and a wide noticeable grain. The popularity of Oak for cabinet doors has decreased in the last 5 to 10 years. The grain provides a unique look, and is definitely the best choice for nostalgic wood lovers that want a classic North American look. The wood is hard and heavy, with a high crushing strength making it incredibly wear-resistant.
We only use a select grade of White Hard Maple door where colour and grain variations are minimally tolerated, ensuring only the finest of quality. The colour is fairly uniform and well matched. As with any type of wood moderate colour variations may occur between doors along with a few of the smallest pin knots. In addition, minimal mineral streaks and brown heartwood can develop in machined areas. Maple cabinet doors have been increasing in popularity over the last 5-10 years. This can be attributed to the close, fine, and uniform texture of Maple along with its generally straight-grained quality. It can be stained to an outstanding finish. The wood is hard and heavy with good strength properties, in particular its high resistance to abrasion and wear.
We use a select grade of Red Cherry door. Consequently, colour and grain variations are only tolerated to a limited degree. The colour is fairly uniform with little or no sapwood and well matched. Moderate colour variations may be visible between doors in addition to a few small pitch marks and/or pin knots. Again, some sapwood and or mineral streaks may be found in machined areas. Cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and exposure to light. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture. Cherry produces an excellent smooth finish and has low stiffness and medium strength and shock resistance.
We use a select grade of Beech door. Colour and grain variations are only tolerated to limited degree. The colour is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color variations may occur between doors. Beech is generally straight-grained with a close uniform texture. A few of the smallest pin knots may appear along with at small amount of mineral streaks in machined areas. Beech is well known for being a heavy, hard, and strong type of wood. In addition, it is highly resistant to shock and abrasive wear.
Bamboo – The Ideal Eco Friendly Option
At CABINETREFACINGTOGO, we are able to supply you what you need to accomplish a truly “Green” kitchen project. We are very excited to announce that we have a full line of Eco Friendly Bamboo products (cabinet doors & refacing material). If the refacing service itself was not Eco Friendly enough for you, Bamboo will do the trick!
Botanically speaking, Bamboo is not wood, but a grass specie that hardens and grows extremely quickly. It could be said that Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, reaching its full height within only half a year. Some species can grow 11 to 20 inches per day in the growing season! Then it needs approximately 5 years to mature to the point of acquiring enough hardness and density to be used in any finishing application. Bamboo is a specie which machines and finishes very well, different stain colors are available, is much harder than oak, and has a minimal tendency to swell or shrink.