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Here are some raw, unfinished samples for you to look at to get an idea for grain type.
Keep in mind that the color depicted in the sample is a raw unfinished color. You can have them stained or painted any way you like!
Our expert designers can discuss more with you regarding wood types, grains, colors and other options to ensure you are getting the quality and color you envision for your home or business. Our consultation is free!
The samples provided above are just a reference for you to get an idea of what you are looking for. Other wood species are available and not all the samples above may be available. Contact us for more information...
CONSIDER YOUR GRAIN:
Grain refers to the overall alignment, texture and various patterns that appear in your wood. And because every tree has distinct grain patterns and markings, each piece of wood from that tree will have its own unique design. Some basic grain descriptions are provided to the right.
Fine: Inconspicuous or invisible patterns
Straight: Straight, vertical patterns
Cross: Lines that run parallel to the sides of the wood
Spiral: Tornado or funnel-like patterns
Wavy: Wave-like patterns
Curly: Circular patterns
Arch: Inverted U or V patterns
ABOUT SOME OF THE WOOD SPECIES:
Cherry: Well known for its smooth grain and unique color that mellows and deepens as it ages—like fine wine. This “mellowing” effect is enhanced by exposure to bright light and, depending on the amount of exposure, will tend to darken several shades over time. Considered a luxury wood due to its expensive price, cherry has pinkish-brown hues and occasional shades of white, green, or gray. Its dark color brings a warm elegance to any room.
Oak: Very hard, heavy wood with a coarse grain that varies from straight to a distinctive sweeping arch pattern. Found in both red and white varieties, oak is a great cabinetry choice because it is timeless, blending beautifully with many different design styles. And it stains well in standard finish colors.
Hickory: One of the strongest, hardest and heaviest woods with random natural streaks that add unique accents to your cabinetry. Hickory has an array of naturally prominent colors ranging from very light cream to dark reddish brown to sometimes nearly black which easily can be enhanced by light or natural stains.
Maple: Medium to hard wood with a straight, wavy or curly grain. Popular for its shock resistance and durability, maple has a light, uniform appearance that produces a smooth, clean look when stained. Another plus is that it can also be finished to resemble other, more expensive hardwoods and softwoods such as cherry and cedar. Maple is a great choice for a light, airy kitchen or a dramatic kitchen with darker finishes.
Birch: Smooth hardwood with straight, wavy or curly grains with a high shock resistance that takes any stain well. Birch is mostly a light-colored wood, and varies from cream to light yellow. However, the wood found in the center of the tree, or heartwood, takes on a darker reddish brown color, which may result in unique color variations in your cabinetry. It is versatile and can achieve any look, from a more casual space to a refined setting.
Alder: Softer than other hardwood species with a fine grain pattern. In its raw state, Rustic Alder’s color can range from pale pink–brown to tan. Rustic Alder likely includes some combination of rustic characteristics such as open and closed knots, burls, worm holes, mineral streaks and sound cracks reflecting the inherent beauty of the wood. These characteristics are expected and preferred as they occur naturally in the material. Of the natural characteristics, open and closed knots are the most common in the species.