Updated on: September 02, 2021
Cabinets.com kitchen cabinets are constructed using many pieces of solid wood and wood veneers. Graining differences, as well as normal color change can be expected. Wood species in all finishes will exhibit color change when exposed to different types of light. Color differences in wood are caused by variations in minerals found in the soil in which the tree was grown and the absorption of these minerals. End grain surfaces and softer areas of the wood may accept more stain and often appear darker than other surfaces. This is a natural reaction when finishing a wood product and potential variances cannot be controlled.
Additionally, every wood species exhibits other characteristics including knots, pinholes, sap runs, and darkening with age. It is the beauty and nature of wood to have these characteristics, as well as natural variations in graining and color, and will be present throughout our cabinetry.
Note: All wood species and finishes should avoid long term exposure to moisture.
Cherry is characterized by its red undertones, but may vary in color from white to a deep, rich brown. Cherry is a close-grained wood with fairly uniform texture, revealing pin knots and curly graining. All wood will age with time and the finish will darken. This is especially true for cherry. This is a sought-after quality in cherry cabinetry, and those who select it, should expect this evolution. Features described below are typical and not considered defects:
Maple is a close-grained hardwood that is predominately white to creamy-white in color, with occasional reddish-brown tones. White maple typically features uniform graining as compared to other wood species. Characteristic markings may include fine brown lines, wavy or curly graining, bird’s eye dots, and mineral streaks. These traits are natural and serve to enhance maple’s natural beauty. Features below are typical and not considered defects:
Birch is a heavy, close-grained hardwood with a light brown or reddish colored heartwood and white or creamy yellow sapwood. Birch has distinct, moderate grain patterns that range from straight to wavy or swirly. Like some other woods, Birch isn’t easily mottled or discolored over time. Due to its closed pore structure, Birch wood stains and finishes easily. It has a smooth, hard surface. Features described below are typical and not considered defects: