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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.
Rustic Alder refers to the Rustic version of this wood type. Rustic Alder 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 Alder will enhance these unique characteristics.
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.
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.
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.
Shown here in Natural.
Rustic Alder
Shown here in Natural.
Shown here in Natural.
Shown here in Toffee.
Shown here in Natural.
Sawn Oak
Shown here in Natural.

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