Walnut wood is a hardwood with straight grain and color that varies from yellow to a deep brown. With its wide contrast and unique grain patterns, walnut is often used for antique-style furniture, cabinetry, and mantels. When oiled and cared for properly, walnut can be a strong and stunning wood for all manner of cabinetry and furniture.
An abundant hardwood that is easy to work with and used for multiple applications.Alder wood is generally a light tan to reddish brown color with a generally straight and fine grain. It is commonly used in building furniture, plywood, musical instruments, and cabinetry. Being the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest, Alder is generally available in two different grades: Knotty and Clear. Knotty alder is usually very inexpensive while clear alder costs a little more.
Oak is a durable hardwood with a distinctive light-colored look that appears grainy with yellow rays and flecks. Oak is also very resilient against water damage, warping, or mold. Oak has been used for thousands of years as a hardwood, however, it can take up to 150 years before an Oak tree is harvested and ready for use. Oak is the most commonly used hardwood and is used for flooring, cabinetry, furniture, and construction.
Mahogany has very straight and fine grain with no pockets or knots. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time and has a reddish sheen when polished. Mahogany is also resistant to rot, making it an excellent wood for boat construction. Mahogany’s wide tree girth make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture due to the wide boards it can produce.
Maple is a hardwood with very little grain characteristics. It has a smooth texture and very fine grain pattern make it favorable for people who want a simple and clean look. Some maple has very decorative wood grain, known as quilt maple, or burl wood. This difference often occurs randomly in individual trees of several species. Maple wood has a long history of being used to make furniture.
An exclusively American species of hardwood, hickory is very dense and is known for the wide varieties of grain and color. Hickory is the strongest and heaviest American wood and has historically been used to make baseball bats. It is a wood for flooring, cabinetry, and tool handles.
Quarter sawn oak has a very straight grain pattern compared to a natural oak cut. Used for cabinetry, crafts, and furniture, Quartersawn oak is a very stable wood resistant to warping or twisting during manufacturing. Quartersawn oak is generally more pricey than natural oak due to the process involved in producing it.
Cherry wood is one of the more popular hardwoods due to its smooth texture, clean grain, and rich color. Cherry wood can range from a light to medium reddish-brown color and usually contains knots or mineral streaks which give this wood a lot of character. like other hardwoods, cherry darkens over time when exposed to sunlight.
Synthetic options, such as acrylic or laminates can be valuable if you don’t have the budget for solid wood or would like a material that is lower maintenance. It can be made to resemble real wood, however, the feeling of the cabinet will be artificial compared to the grain of real wood.