WOOD SPECIES

The beauty of a real wood door comes from the variety in grain and color. Climate and other conditions including light, minerals, even rainfall can determine the grain and color pattern in each and every  piece of wood. These same variations that give wood its rich character and natural warmth can also be a bit confusing when trying to choose the best material for your project.

We have prepared the following chart with information on certain characteristics that may be present in your wood products.

Alder

Ash

Basswood

Cherry

European Beech

Hickory

Knotty Pine

Mahogany

Paint Grade Maple

Red Oak

Rustic Alder

Rustic Cherry

Stain Grade Maple

Walnut

White Maple

 
       

Alder
 
Range of red to brown

Burl and pin knots are acceptable.  Panel rips are arranged to form a reasonable blend of grain and color tones.

Ash
Cream to light brown with some dark streaks

Burl and pin knots are acceptable.  Ash is not selected for color.  Panel rips are arranged to form a reasonable blend of grain and color tones.

Basswood
Cream to light brown with some dark streaks

Panel rips are arranged to form a reasonable blend of grain and color tones.

Cherry
Exposure to light will cause wood to darken with age revealing deep reddish brown tones.

Grain and color are matched to form a reasonable blend. May contain sapwood (white wood from other parts of the log). Gum pockets are a natural characteristic.
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European Beech
Range of red to brown

Wood is uniform in color and grain matched.

Hickory
Varied

Hickory has a unique grain pattern and variety of  color tones. Hickory is not selected for color.

Knotty Pine
Brownish-Red tight knots

This species is suitable for rustic style cabinetry.

Mahogany
Golden brown to light reddish

Occasional pin knots or burling are acceptable.

Paint Grade Maple
Paint grade maple

Paint Grade Maple is used mostly for drawers and paint grade doors.   Color is not selected.

Red Oak
Varied

Defects such as knots and splits are removed.  Burl and pin knots are acceptable. Panel rips are arranged to form a reasonable blend of grain and color tones.

Rustic Alder
Light tan sapwood to reddish brown heartwood

Pitch, mineral, sap and knots are common.  Species allows for many variations.   Request a sample if critical but no choice of grain or pattern is allowed.

Rustic Cherry
White in the sapwood area to deep red in the heartwood

Pitch, mineral, sap, heartwood and knots are common. Species allows for many variations. Request sample if critical but no choice of grain or pattern is allowed.

Stain Grade Maple
Creamy white to brown to gray

Some mineral is acceptable. Stain grade soft maple is suitable for medium to dark stains.

Walnut
May have up to 15% sapwood

Burl and pin knots are acceptable.

White Maple
Light brown to a creamy tan

Subtle grain pattern is suitable for natural finish as well as light to dark stains.