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Kitchen Cabinets 101: Different Types of Wood and Their Purpose

One of the biggest concerns when purchasing kitchen and bathroom cabinets is if the cabinets are made from or contain particle board. Particle board is basically sawdust, wood chips, and wood residue pressed together and used to manufacture cabinets and furniture. These items have a short life span, can only be screwed into once, ruined by moisture, and contains aspects that defines a low quality product. You can rest at ease while considering our products, as there is absolutely no particle board and are made from 100% wood. All our cabinets are made with solid wood doors and plywood boxes. The main solid woods we carry are: Oak, Maple, Rubber, Walnut, and Birch. You can find what wood is used for the color/style you are interested in by selecting the color/style and clicking on the "Specs" tab. You will find the different woods and their purposes below.


Oak Trees

Oak is one the most common trees found around the world with over hundreds of species. Oak wood has great strength and hardness due to its density which is why it is popular among homeowner’s choice of wood for their cabinets. Along with its high density, oak has a high tannin content which gives it a high resistance to insects. Oak is great for cabinets, as it takes in the paint well, while maintaining its visible wood grains. If homeowners are looking for painted cabinets with the grain still showing, oak should be a contested choice. Depending on the stain, oak can provide both a traditional or contemporary look. The wood grains become more apparent when treated with darker stains giving a kitchen a more traditional feel like our Walnut Oak style. While lighter stains, give a more contemporary look such as our Cinnamon Shaker style. Versatile, resistant, durable, attractive, and commonly found throughout the world, Oak is not only attractive, but affordable.


Maple Trees

Another well-known wood used for cabinetry, mostly native to Asia, is the Maple wood. It is known for being sturdy and durable which makes it an excellent choice for cabinets. Maple is normally divided into two grades based on its attractiveness. The second grade is used for craft work, while the first grade which is higher quality is used for fine woodwork and cabinet production. Maple is praised for its uniqueness in its wood grain. Most maple have a smooth and uniform wood grain, while some have a highly decorate wood grain. Maple is naturally creamy white to a light yellow, and due to its ease in absorbing stains, they are homeowners favorite to paint. Due to its natural attractiveness, maple cabinets are commonly showcased in kitchen exhibitions, interior design, and home decorating magazines. Why not add one more category to showcase such a beautiful product? Your own kitchen.


Rubber Trees

What is rubber wood? Although, not as well-known as the common big names woods, rubber wood is becoming more and more popular in cabinet production. Rubber tree is a common tree found in Southeast Asia, and as its name suggest, the tree produces rubber. Once, it can no longer produce rubber, the tree is cut down and used for cabinetry and furniture making. Rubber wood is a medium density hardwood that is both durable and strong. It is known as an environmentally friendly wood, as it serves its purpose producing rubber, and then is further used to produce cabinets. What makes rubber wood stand out from the others? Rubber wood has very little shrinkage making it one of the most stable woods for construction. It also excels in taking in stains uniformly, which makes the cabinets look smooth and clean. Some of our bestselling and highest quality styles are made from rubber wood: White Shaker, Espresso Shaker, and Mahogany Shaker.


Walnut Trees

Hard, dense, attractive, and tight grained are a few of many reasons homeowners choose walnut wood for their kitchen and bathrooms. Walnut is unique in that its color ranges from a creamy white in the outer portion of the tree to a dark brown in the inner part of the trunk. The hardness and density will vary the closer to the center of the trunk with the heartwood yielding the hardest timber. Walnut is considered a premium wood among many wood types as it is not found all across the world, and most is found in the United States. The drying method will determine the final color of the wood. When air-dried, walnut will become a rich dark brown to purplish brown; this can be seen in our American Walnut style. When kiln-dried, the wood will turn to a dull brown like the Walnut Shaker. Due to its rich qualities, but low availability, walnut cabinetry draws the line between great kitchens from the good ones.


Birch Trees

Birch is a plentiful hardwood found in the Northern Hemisphere. It is considered a cheaper alternative than Maple, as they share many properties, but come at a lower cost. Although less expensive than Maple, don’t be fooled about the quality of cabinets birch can produce. Since birch wood does not have any real visible graining, it makes for an excellent choice for staining. This can be seen in our Merlot Birch style with its uniform and sleek look. Birch varies in color to a creamy white to a golden brown at the heart stock. Unlike rubber wood, Birch is susceptible to shrinkage, after manufacturing and dried, it is stable. It is a great wood to work with and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and if that is not enough, birch is one of the lowest priced hardwoods.