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Wood Grades

Please read the following descriptions of our wood species and grades carefully when selecting a wood species for your order. If you have more questions regarding color matching or panel strip sizes, please call your Customer Service Representative. Please also note that because climate and ecosystems across North America are so diverse, no two trees are exactly alike so neither will two boards be exactly alike. If you would like a closer look at a specific grade, we recommend that you order a sample.

Based on our experiences with wood, we have also made some finishing recommendations for each wood species and grade. For instance, if you are planning on using a clear or light finish, please choose either the select or premium grade.WoodGrades1

Natural Red Oak

Is our most economical grade of Oak cabinet door. Color and grain variations are allowed with a time limited effort in matching. Mineral stain, sapwood, and a limited number of pin knots are allowed with the best side turned forward at glue up. Machining quality is the same as any other grade. This grade is best suited to medium to dark finished or spray stains with hiding characteristics.

Select Red Oak

Is our standard grade of Oak door. Color and grain variations are held to closer tolerances than in a Natural grade. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color 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. This door is well suited to most applications where lighter spray or wipe stain finishes are specified.

Premium Red Oak

Is our top grade of Oak door. Color and grain uniformity are assured. All doors in a given order are made from material of the same color and grain characteristics with very low tolerance for variations in machined areas. This door is of impeccable quality and perfect for clear or light spray or wipe stain finishes where extremely quality conscious customers are involved.

Natural White Maple

Is our most economical grade of Maple cabinet door. Color and grain variations along with mineral staining and brown heartwood are purposely encouraged with a time limited effort in matching. Machining quality is the same as any other grade. This grade is best suited to medium to dark spray stains with some hiding characteristics.

Select White Maple

Is our standard grade of Maple door. Color and grain variations are only tolerated to limited degree. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color variations are allowed between doors. A few of the smallest pin knots may be allowed along with at small amount of mineral streaks and brown heartwood allowed in machined areas. This door is well suited to most applications where medium to light spray stain finishes are specified.WoodGrades2

Premium White Maple

Is our finest grade of Maple door. Color and grain uniformity are assured. All doors in a given order are made from material of the same color and grain characteristics with very low tolerance for variations in machined areas. This door is of excellent quality and perfect for clear or light spray stain finishes or where customers demand a near “plastic laminate” quality look.

Natural Cherry

Is our most economical grade of Cherry cabinet door. A variety of color and grain variations including sapwood and a moderate amount of pitch marks and or pin knots are randomly assembled to yield an attractive door with lively character. Virtually any spray stain finish colors work well on this door depending on taste.

Select Cherry

Is our standard grade of Red Cherry door. Color and grain variations are only tolerated to limited degree. The color is fairly uniform with little or no sapwood and well matched. Moderate color variations are allowed between doors. A few small pitch marks and/or pin knots may be allowed and some sapwood and or mineral streaks may be found in machined areas. This door is well suited to most applications where medium to light spray stain finishes are required.WoodGrades3

Premium Cherry

Is our finest grade of Red Cherry door. Color and grain uniformity are assured. All doors in a given order are made from material of the same color and grain characteristics with very low tolerance for pitch marks, sapwood, and pin knots or variations in machined areas. This door is of excellent quality and perfect for clear or light finishes or where customers expectations of color uniformity are extremely high.

Rustic Cherry

Is a special designer grade of Cherry cabinet door with enhanced character. Color, grain variations, and smaller knots including a limited amount of sapwood and a large amount of pitch marks are matched to result in a unique and expensive old world look. Virtually any finish colors in spray stains work well on this door depending on taste.

Knotty (White) Pine

Is our most popular grade of Pine cabinet door. Color, grain variations, knots, and other natural characteristics are selected and matched to produce an attractive door. Large knots are avoided in stile material to avoid warping. An attempt is made to insure knots in panels are well spaced, will remain tight, and are not generally in machined areas. Pine doors are usually finished clear or with very light spray stains to avoid the blotchiness often associated with wipe on stains.

Clear (White) Pine

Yields an inexpensive clear lightly colored cabinet door. Color and grain variations are selected and matched to produce a fairly uniform light colored door. Pine doors are usually finished clear or with very light spray stains to avoid the blotchiness often associated with wipe on stains.

Rustic Hickory

Is our most economical Hickory cabinet door. Color and grain variations including sapwood and heartwood are matched to result in a rustic look. Closed knots, mineral staining, and pitch marks are allowed throughout. Doors in this wood type are usually finished clear but most light spray stains work well on this door.WoodGrades4

Premium Hickory

Is a special designer grade of Hickory cabinet door. For this door the sapwood and heartwood are matched and blended to flow through the panel in such a way as to minimize abrupt color changes along lamination lines. This is a very attractive natural looking door and is usually finished clear but most light spray stains work well on this door.

Knotty Alder

Is a special designer grade of Alder cabinet door. Color on this type of door will be fairly uniform but grain variations and knots of all types and sizes will be present. It should be noted that alder knots usually contain slightly opened cracks. We make an attempt to make sure these knots are not open enough to allow light through. This type of door is usually finished with a light colored spray stain.

Clear Alder

Results in an inexpensive cabinet door that resembles select cherry. Color on this type of door will be fairly uniform with consistent grain structure. This type of door is usually finished with a light colored spray stain.

Paint Grade (Soft Maple)

Is our most economical grade of cabinet door. Color and grain variations along with mineral staining and brown or green heartwood are allowed with no effort given to matching. Machining quality is the same as any other grade. This grade is best suited to solid color paints with good hiding characteristicsWoodGrades5

Select Walnut

Is our standard grade of Walnut door. Color and grain variations are tolerated to a limited degree. The color variation is fairly uniform allowing the lighter colors to appear only in some deeper profiles and on the back side of the door. A few pin knots and small knot clusters may be allowed if overall color is consistent. This wood is well suited for light stains to dark stains.

Select Poplar

This species of soft wood is light green in color and is best suited for medium to dark stains and painted finishes. Moderate color variations are allowed, minimal pin knots are allowed. Its advantage is that it can be produced relatively inexpensively.

Rift Cut Red Oak

Color and grain variations are only tolerated to a limited degree. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color 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. Being Rift Cut, this wood type minimizes the ray flakes in the Red Oak and creates a fairly 'straight grain' look. This door is well suited to most applications where light to medium spray or wipe stain finishes are specified.

Quarter Cut Red Oak

Color and grain variations are only tolerated to a limited degree. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color 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. Being Quarter Cut, this wood type creates a fairly 'straight grain' look with an emphasis being placed on choosing material with ray flakes. This door is well suited to most applications where light to medium spray or wipe stain finishes are specified.

Select White Oak

Is our standard grade of White Oak. Color and grain variations are only tolerated to a limited degree. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color variations are allowed between doors, with a few small pin knots being allowed. This door is well suited to most applications where light to medium stain finishes are specified.

Quarter Cut White Oak

Color and grain variations are only tolerated to a limited degree. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color 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. Being Quarter Cut, this wood type creates a fairly 'straight grain' look with an emphasis being placed on choosing material with ray flakes. This door is well suited to most applications where light to medium spray or wipe stain finishes are specified.

Rift Cut White Oak

Color and grain variations are only tolerated to a limited degree. The color is fairly uniform and well matched. Moderate color 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. Being Rift Cut, this wood type minimizes the ray flakes in the White Oak and creates a fairly 'straight grain' look. This door is well suited to most applications where light to medium spray or wipe stain finishes are specified.

Mahogany

Mahogany is done upon request and the color selection criteria differs from one mahogany species to another. Predetermined job specifications are followed for each mahogany species.

Bamboo

Vertical Natural Bamboo

Shows thin strips and reveals linear a linear grain pattern. Natural light color of Bamboo. This specie is well suited to nearly any spray stain, wipe stain or clear finish.

Vertical Carbonized Bamboo

Shows thin strips and reveals linear a linear grain pattern. Through carbonization of sugars, a brown/tan color is achieved. This specie is well suited to nearly any spray stain, wipe stain or clear finish.