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Wood Types
  ALDER is a softer wood with a fine straight grain and even texture. Color is light brown with yellow or reddish tinge, with little difference between heartwood and sapwood. Alder does not evolve in color or darken when exposed to light or heat as other woods do, and takes stains and finishes well. More than some of the other woods, care must be taken to avoid damage due to its softer nature. Some small tight knots can be found with standard Alder.
CHERRY displays a distinctive grain pattern and warm color. The color ranges from nearly white to dark reddish brown. Dark pockets, pin knots, and random streaks are common. More than most woods, Cherry will darken when exposed to light, especially in light stains. The more sun Cherry receives, the faster it will darken. This will be most evident in new wood and will slow as it ages.
HICKORY is a heavy, strong wood. It is known for flowing, vibrant grain patterns and dramatic color variations. Hickory can also exhibit random pecks, burls, and mineral streaks. Hickory’s color ranges across a wide spectrum, from nearly white to dark brown.
RUSTIC ALDER, RUSTIC CHERRY and RUSTIC HICKORY refers to the Rustic versions of these wood types. It is characterized by knots, burls and mineral streaks found on center panels, stiles and rails of the door, and on the drawer headers, which could impact hardware placement. Knots will be sound and will be closed, but certain angles could show light through the knots. Glazing rustic wood types will enhance these unique characteristics.
LYPTUS is a hard, fine-grain hardwood with a rich, warm tone. Lyptus comes from fast-growing eucalyptus trees that are ready to be harvested within 14 to 16 years of planting. These trees are grown on non-tropical, certified plantations. Color variations can be extreme, but they are minimized when you choose a darker stain. More than most woods, Lyptus mellows and darkens with exposure to light. When Lyptus is stained in a dark color, it looks very much like mahogany.
MAPLE is a versatile hardwood with a fine, smooth grain. It varies in color from nearly white to a slightly reddish brown. Mineral or sugar streaks occur naturally in Maple and can vary from piece to piece.Variations will be more noticeable in lighter stains.
OAK is a strong wood with a long linear grain,
often displaying tiny rays. You may notice small pinholes and tight knots. Color will range from golden blonde to deeper reddish tones. This cut of Oak is known as flat sawn. QUARTER SAWN OAK is milled at an angle of 60 to 90 degrees from the grain, allowing rays and flecks to become visible, giving the wood a unique, often vintage, character and dimension.
WALNUT is a strong, stable American hardwood
known for wide color variation. It ranges in color from creamy white to a medium purplish brown. Walnut cabinetry will have both flowing grain and straight grain. This combination is a treasured characteristic of Walnut, and is showcased when Walnut is finished in Natural. However, Walnut takes all available stains well. Walnut is a favorite choice for furniture and furniture grade cabinetry, such as Fieldstone Cabinetry.

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