Want to know a bit more about your wood choice before you pick your cabinet doors? Then check out our wood glossary below.
Alder is a very popular wood choice for unfinished kitchen cabinet doors. As long as the stain is not too dark, this wood finishes beautifully. Alder does not evolve in color or darken when exposed to light or heat as other woods do, and takes stains and finishes well. This material offers a cost-effective alternative for those doing a DIY remodel project on their kitchen cabinets. Alder cabinet doors and alder glass panel doors also offer some variety in the grain of the cabinet doors without a lot of contrast.
Most who think of cherry cabinet doors and drawer fronts think of dark reds, but cherry with lighter or no stain is increasing in popularity for all DIY cabinet refacing projects. Cherry wood with a natural or light finish has a warm luster and beauty in its fine grain coloring that the deep red stains often hide in cabinet doors and glass panel cabinet doors. Cherry has become a popular choice for the cozy, country kitchen cabinets.
Hickory custom unfinished cabinet doors have many of the same characteristics as maple cabinet doors, except its grain structure or "figure" is naturally bold and full of contrast. As the hickory tree grows, its wood is colored by whatever minerals its roots happen to be picking up at the time. The appearance of unfinished and unstained hickory can change radically during a day depending on lighting conditions. This wood is a favorite among woodworkers and others who appreciate the results of Mother Nature at work. Hickory unfinished cabinet doors and drawer fronts along with hickory glass panel doors can offer a wonderful look to any DIY kitchen cabinet remodel and to any bathroom cabinets.
Select White Maple
Unfinished maple cabinet doors and drawer fronts are very hard and dense, making it a good choice for unfinished cabinet doors that might suffer some abuse. It also machines very nicely producing crisp, long-lasting details. Maple cabinet doors, greatest asset is the understated elegance of its grain structure that is best appreciated unstained or with a very light stain, perfect for the DIY household cabinet remodel and refacing project.
Select Red Oak
Unfinished select red oak cabinet doors and drawer fronts prep nicely and are hard and relatively "dent proof." Most pieces of oak contain areas of open grain and areas of "close" grain. When stained, the areas of open grain absorb more pigment deeper into the wood while the areas of close grain are more immune to coloration. This is what gives oak its characteristic contrast within each piece. Red oak is a great choice for anyone looking for a nice classic look for your DIY cabinet door or glass panel refacing project.
Paint Grade (Poplar frame with MDF Panel)
Unfinished cabinet doors that are Paint Grade material are a combination of poplar, maple or alder rails and stiles with an MDF panel. Poplar, maple and alder are durable hardwoods that machine with sharp detail. MDF is very dense hardboard made with fine wood particles under extreme pressure. MDF can be machined with crisp, durable details and is an almost perfect painting surface. Paint grade cabinet doors and drawer fronts are the perfect DIY home renovation choice for all of your cabinetry needs.
Solid Paint Grade Maple
Maple unfinished cabinet doors naturally offer a light color tone, with an allowance for mineral streaks, worm tracks and varying amounts of heartwood and sapwood on the face. Solid paint grade maple cabinet door fronts and drawer fronts are perfect for all DIY kitchen and home cabinet projects.
Select White Oak
Select white oak solid cabinet doors normally feature a straight grain pattern and coarse-to medium-coarse texture and it naturally contains small, linear pores which makes it more ideal for cabinet door and drawer front staining instead of painting. As a Select Grade material, it will have a reduced amount of small closed knots, pin knots, color and grain variation, although some mineral streaks may be seen on the face of the cabinet door or drawer front and also in the glass panel door.
Ash kitchen and household cabinet doors and drawer fronts are a grayish-brown, sometimes with a red tinge. It is generally straight grained and coarse, but with a smooth texture. Ash cabinet door and drawer fronts and even glass panel cabinet doors are a great upgrade for all DIY cabinet refacing and remodel projects.
Knotty Pine is a lightweight wood, characterized by a straight grain and a fine, even texture. While knots are prevalent in the wood, the knots tend to be small and tight, giving the cabinet doors or drawer fronts the signature rustic look that pine is so well known for. Knotty pine is a great option for all kitchen and home DIY cabinet refacing projects.
Unfinished cabinet doors, drawer fronts and glass panel doors made with Natural Birch, where the wood is cut from material containing both heartwood and sapwood, will have an allowance for a "calico" mix of both pink and white tones. It may also contain other natural grade characteristics such as small closed knots, pin knots, mineral streaks and color variation. Natural birch solid panel or inset panel cabinet doors will have a nice color tone to enhance the beauty of any kitchen or home cabinet refacing project.
Rustic Alder is a very popular wood choice for unfinished cabinet doors and drawer fronts. As long as the stain is not too dark, this wood finishes beautifully. Rustic Alder does not evolve in color or darken when exposed to light or heat as other woods do, and takes stains and finishes well. Rustic Alder cabinet doors and glass panel doors allow for some natural characteristics and variations in color.
Rustic Red Oak
Rustic Red Oak is a wood that is known for being very hard, heavy, and strong. However, given its density, it is actually fairly easy to work. Like Hickory, it does have a coarse texture. It is also characterized by having excellent sanding and finishing properties, and great stability. Rustic red oak cabinets will add a beautiful charming feel to any DIY kitchen or home cabinet remodel.
If you are looking for strength, hardness, and durability, unfinished rustic hickory cabinet doors are the best commercially available cabinet doors made from hickory wood in North America. The grain is normally straight, but can sometimes be irregular or wavy. Hickory has a coarse texture, with a great deal of color variation between reddish brown, lighter brown, and white.
Rustic maple is very hard and dense, making it a good choice for unfinished cabinet doors or drawer fronts that might suffer some abuse. It also machines very nicely producing crisp, long-lasting details for your kitchen or household cabinets to shine. Maple's greatest asset is the understated elegance of its grain structure that is best appreciated unstained or with a very light stain. Rustic Maple displays a lighter color tone, grain variation, mineral streaking and worm tracks. Rustic maple cabinet door and drawer fronts will add that wonderful rustic feel to any DIY cabinet refacing project
Rustic cherry unfinished solid and inset cabinet doors are appreciated for their dramatic rustic appearance and rich warm coloring. Rustic cherry cabinet doors and drawer fronts have a reddish hue but will exhibit areas of creamy white sapwood along with mineral streaks, burling, pitch pockets and other natural variations. Knots will be prevalent in all shapes and sizes, with sound knots as well as open and split knots. Over time and with exposure to sunlight, Rustic Cherry will darken slightly in color just adding a more to the rustic feeling to the cabinets.
White birch solid panel and inset cabinet doors and drawer fronts have a smooth, fine and uniform grain pattern and light coloring featuring a creamy white to medium brown to grayish white.
Select Red Birch
Natural Birch is cut from material containing both heartwood and sapwood, which will have an allowance for a "calico" mix of both pink and white tones. It may also contain other Natural Grade characteristics such as small closed knots, pin knots, mineral streaks and color variation. Select Red Birch is a great choice for any unfinished cabinet doors or drawer fronts.
Select Walnut unfinished cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and walnut glass panel doors are known for their light gray to purple-brown color tone. Select walnut cabinet doors will not display sapwood on the face, although some may be seen on the back. Its grain pattern can contain both straight and wavy sections as well, and it has a reduced allowance for small knots and pin knots.
Straight Grain White Oak
These specially sorted unfinished straight grain white oak cabinet doors and drawer fronts come in a fine straight grain from rift sawn logs. The wood is the classic creamy tan white oak that you expect from white oak. This grade is highly recommended when using a natural/clear coat (no stain) to light stain color.
Unfinished clear pine cabinet doors are a soft wood that are usually light colored with pink-brown variations offering an ideal surface for stained or painted finishes. Unfinished clear pine cabinet doors or glass panel doors are a great neutral option for any DIY cabinet refacing job.