Product Aging Techniques
The art of producing a product that appears old and antique is a highly subjective topic. We work hard to create a piece of art out of every cabinet door while also trying to maintain uniformity throughout the entire kitchen. We understand that every kitchen needs to look naturally aged, creating the feeling of an old, quality made and timeless piece of furniture. Our goal is to create the appearance and feeling of quality made woodwork that was produced one hundred years ago, when handwork prevailed and longevity was paramount. The aging process is done by hand and carefully follows our proprietary process, insuring a systematic, consistent outcome. We have succeeded in creating a correctly aged door when you find yourself asking the following; “I wish this doors could talk because I am sure they have a story to tell.” Please read the following to help understand the differences in our techniques.
Please note the following defaults with our aged cabinet doors.
All of our aging techniques are applied to solid wood, raised panel cabinet doors. Through research we have found the following Elias Woodwork profile closely represents the correct time period and compliments this aging process (Code = E500, 201(57.2 Style width), O (panel), B (outside edge)). We always protect our products after aging with a 10° (low sheen) clear top coat. When an order includes parts and accessories such as moldings, corbels and valances we always apply the same aging technique to all of the parts to maintain a uniform appearance. We will not by default do the aging process to veneers or plywood products as this process generally will break through the veneers and make that product un-usable.
Default door used for Aged door with a 2 ¼” frame is called:
NOBEL (E500, 201 (57.2), O, B)
Default door used for Aged door with a 3” frame is called:
ROYAL (E500, 201 (76.2), O, B)
Default Wood Type for the Aging Process
Cherry or Alder are the recommended wood species when manufacturing cabinet doors and accessories for the aging process. Poplar can be substituted for Cherry or Alder when solid color paint is the chosen finish. Wood species such as Oak, Maple, Bamboo and Hickory are too dense and do not lend themselves to the aging process.