4/3/15 FUN FACT FRIDAY – Wood Species and Characteristics



Red oak has a prominent open grain ranging in color from white to yellow and reddish-brown. Red oak is sometimes streaked with green, yellow or back mineral deposits and may vary from a closely-knit grain to a sweeping arch pattern.


Hard maple is a strong, close-grained wood predominantly off-white in color, although it also contains light hues of yellow-brown and pink. Hard maple occasionally has small mineral, light tan or reddish-tinged streaks that will darken with stain. It is usually straight-grained, but can be wavy or even curly.


Cherry is an elegant, multicolored hardwood. In its raw state, it has a pinkish-brown hue with occasional shades of white, green, pink or even gray. Natural or light stains accent these color variation. Small gum packets, streaks, pin knots and figures are common. Cherry wood will darken or “mellow” with age. This mellowing occurs naturally, and is a benefit of owning solid cherry cabinetry. This mellowing occurs naturally and is a benefit of owning solid cherry cabinetry.


Hickory is a strong, open-grained wood known for flowing grain patterns and dramatic color variations. It often contains random pecks, burls and mineral streaks. It is not uncommon to see doors range in color from light to deep brown when finished in light or natural stains. Darker stains will mildly tone these color variations. These characteristics make each hickory kitchen unique and the choice of those who love wood.


Natural birch is a medium-density hardwood with a distinct, moderate groin pattern ranging from straight to wavy or curly. The predominant sapwood color is white to creamy yellow, while the heartwood varies from medium or dark brown to reddish brown. This color range makes a distinctive statement in a birch cabinetry selection.

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