Wood Species Available

This page is to help when communicating when I am with a customer.  I put it up here publicly also, in case it helps.  Pictured are commonly available and frequently used cabinetry woods.  These are photos of unstained, clearcoated boards.

Our cases are custom made from either 3/4″ solid hardwood plywood or melamine coated plywood or particleboard depending on the design chosen.  These cabinets are extremely heavy, and strong, and will hold up granite without flexing which can fracture granite.  Usually ganged cabinets supporting a piece of stone are built and leveled on a one piece ladder framed toe kick.

All exterior faces, doors, drawers, and exposed cabinet faces are made of your chosen solid hardwood.  These pictures will help describe what each natural wood looks like with just a clearcoat.  We have many finishing options.  For the most part, in this day and age, this is not difficult on your end…  you come to us bearing an internet photo of the finish you like, and we bend over backwards trying to duplicate that.    We do custom mixes of hand wipe oil finishes, commercially prepared mixes, stains, shellacs, polyurethanes, fired, paints, glazes, etc. When painting we use long lasting durable alkyd paints.


*Cherry, American












*Walnut, American (my favorite wood to work).  Especially beautiful is walnut with use of the light sapwood as shown in this piece of furniture: 







*Maple, Hard






*Maple, Soft (our default drawer material)  Soft is a little of a misnomer… it is a hardwood and quite dense but it is softer than the rock (sugar) maple above.





*Oak Red 







*Oak, Quartersawn White






*Oak, Quartersawn White














*Knotty or clear Pine (not pictured)

*Poplar, and sometimes MDF panels are used when paint grade is desired


And some less commonly requested, but equally available in the area:

Cedar, Spanish (exterior projects)
Mahogany, African (expensive and rare enough that Sapele is a cost effective but similar wood, typically mahogany cabinets are done using a veneered hardwood type cabinet and door.)
Mahogany, Honduras

You don’t have to choose just one!  Some woods are almost made to go together in a mixed-woods look.  Cherry cabinet and door frames mixed with figured maple panels and drawer fronts, for example.

This is not a complete list of all woods available, just woods that are typically used in kitchens and more easily available around here.  In small quantities, for things like drawer pulls, there are places that stock small quantities of exotic imports.  This link isn’t my supplier, but is a good list with pictures of most of them. http://www.woodworkerssource.com/shop/category/1_exotic_wood.html

Occasionally, I will drive “Up North” or to Ohio to get the right specialty hardwood when appropriate… or to places that have reclaimed barnwood if you are after that rustic look.