Wood Types

Alder is generally a soft, straight grained, orangish-brown colored wood. It easily absorbs stain. Alder is a good substitute for cherry and mahogany.
European Steamed Beech offers a medium range of color variation from light pinkish tan to an orangy tan. The grain is mostly straight, with fine, even texture
Cherry is like a fine wine, it only gets better with age. The heartwood of cherry ranges from light to dark brown while the sapwood may be near white. Cherry has a fine and uniform grain pattern with a smooth texture. It is important to note that Cherry will darken with age & exposure to light. Because of this aging process, differences will exist between aged and un-aged products. Product should be covered until finished or hung, or telltale lines will appear where the material is exposed to light.
Hickory is a very hard, very tight grained wood with a blond hue to dark brown color. Hickory does not absorb dark stain well, and will have a wide range of wood color throughout the cabinet. Worm holes and small open knots are part of hickory's natural rustic appearance.
Knotty Alder
Knotty Alder will have a variety of knots and blemishes that contribute to its rustic appearance. Some of the characteristics that will be represented are mineral streaks, natural color variations, grain variations and naturally occurring tight, open and cracked knots. Knotty Alder is pale pinkish-brown to reddish peach in color with a subtle grain pattern. Alder generally finishes smoothly and takes stain uniformly.
Mahogany- Ribbon Stripped African
Mahogany is a hard, straight grained wood. It has a reddish-brown color, which darkens over time, and displays a beautiful reddish sheen when polished. It has a moderately coarse texture, excellent workability, and is very durable. It also absorbs stains well for a rich deep finish.

Maple is a naturally light hued closed-grain hardwood. It's limited grain variation adds to a consistent quality of excellence. Maple takes a contemporary approach, matched with a timeless appeal. Hard maple does not absorb stains well, but works well for natural to light finishes. The wood has a close fine texture and is generally straight grained. Maple tends to change to a yellow or orange color over time.

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
An engineered wood offering an extremely tight and smooth surface. Exceptionally stable, MDF is favored for laminating with thermofoils and melamine.
Poplar is a soft hardwood with a pale yellowish to white color with some green and brown mineral. Not selected for color and is typically used as paint grade.
Red Oak
Red Oak is a hard wood with varied wavy grain patterns. Red Oak has a variety of tones with red being theprimary color. It is generally receptive to a variety of stains and finishes.
Walnut is a durable hard wood with exceptional strength because of its tight, dense grain. The color varies from light to chocolate brown and may contain burls, butts and curls that show off well in a variety of finishes. Walnut's natural color will "mellow" with age & exposure to light. This is a natural occurrence. When cabinetry or components are added or replaced at a later date, they will normally be darker in color and may need to be exposed to more direct sunlight to speed up the lightening process, depending on the finish.
White Oak
White Oak is light tan to yellow-tan in color, somewhat more figured than Red Oak due to longer rays, and generally receptive to a variety of stains and finishes. White Oak may contain a minimal amount of mineral streaks, small, sound knots, and occasional wormholes. It is a time-tested hardwood known for its durability, water resistance and versatility.