What Types of Wood Look Great in the Kitchen?

There are so many different types of wood that woodworkers use to make beautiful furniture and cabinetry, if you are thinking about custom kitchen cabinetry and furniture, how do you decide what is right for you? Here is a little information on a few of the commonly used materials for cabinetry and furniture to help you make an informed decision.
White Oak: White oak is a lighter colored wood. When stained, the grain becomes more pronounced. This wood is durable and easy to work with making it ideal for kitchen and furniture applications. Oak is abundant in the Eastern portions of the United States, so it is easy to procure.
Red Oak: It can be challenging to distinguish red oak from white oak. When stained, they can have a very similar appearance in color and grain. The most visible difference is the small brown flecks, called rays. In red oak, these rays are much shorter than in white oak. Red oak is also much more porous than white oak and has a tendency to soak up water. It should not be used in situations where it will be exposed to too much moisture. 
Pine: Pine is a softwood with a light color. Pine offers a classic country look. In Colorado, pine trees have been devastated by the pine beetle. Trees killed due to pine beetle infestation can still be used in woodworking applications. They typically have a unique blue/gray marbling. 
Chestnut: Chestnut is similar to oak. It is a hardwood and known for its durability. Chestnut was abundant in colonial times and used for many woodworking applications. The future of chestnut in the United States is bleak due to a chestnut blight. However, because of its abundant use when the trees were bountiful, chestnut is an ideal wood for reclamation. Reclaimed chestnut is stunning because previous use has caused attractive weathering. Using reclaimed wood is also environmentally friendly, it prevents old wood from being wasted and new trees from being cut.
Maple: Maple is a hardwood that is very durable. It takes stain well and can take a high polish. Maple has a straight grain, but can also have other grain patterns that are prized by woodworkers, such as bird's-eye. 
Walnut: Walnut typically has an appealing chocolate brown color and straight grain. It is often oiled instead of stained to bring out the natural color of the wood. The lovely shapes of walnut slabs are ideal for live edge pieces. They make excellent bar tops and table tops. 
Cherry: Cherry is an attractive wood that takes on a deep red tone. The wood is hard and sturdy and ideal for applications that require everyday use, such as cabinetry. Cherry is often used in Shaker style furniture and cabinetry.
Alder: This wood is naturally light tan and takes stain very well. It can be stained to look similar to Cherry. It finishes easily making it ideal for cabinets and fine furniture. Knotty alder used for cabinetry and doors can create a rugged southwestern look. 

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Style and Material

Pictured below are a few of the styles and wood materials used in our custom cabinetry. You can explore our portfolio to see more styles, wood materials and finishes.We enjoy working with homeowners and designers to discover the best styles for their kitchens and bathrooms. Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your ideas and explore the possibilites available for your project.  

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