Not All Red Oaks Are Created Equal

Red Oak Cabinet DoorRed Oak is one of the most popular woods for cabinets and it’s reliable, it’s durable, and it’s beautiful when used for cabinet doors. But, not all of the Red Oaks are equally beautiful.

There are many varieties within the Red Oak families and this discussion is limited to those more commonly used in the manufacture of Cabinet Doors.

Red Oak is divided into three main growing regions, Southern, Appalachian, and Northern. Each of these regions can be further sub-divided based on the color and quality of the Red Oak that grows within the sub-regions.

As a broad overview, Oak from the southern regions has a faster growth rate and tends to have the widest color range of the regions. Oak from the Appalachian regions grows slower than the Southern Oaks with a color range somewhat more consistent than the Southern Oaks.

The Northern Oaks are generally considered to be the highest quality. The Northern Oaks have a shorter growing season and therefore have a slower growth rate. The color is much more consistent, and the mill prices are higher than the Appalachian or Southern Oaks.

The best of the best is a sub-group of the Northern Oaks which grows in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Red Oaks from this region are commonly referred to as Glacial Northern Red Oak. The growth rings tend to be very tight indicating the very slow growth rate, and the color consistency is exceptional. The color is a Light Wheat Color.

I’ve visited many mills in each region and most mills can supply limited quantities of Wheat Colored Red Oak by performing a color sort, but the wide color spectrum of Red Oak from the Appalachian and Southern regions makes color sorting labor intensive.

Red Oak sorts from the Glacial sub-region of Northern Oak are easy as the majority of those Oaks are naturally Wheat Color, so the pricing tends to reflect the Grading Rules more than the color sort labor constraints.

Cabinets used in higher-end housing tend to be made by local Custom Cabinet Shops while cabinets used in more affordable housing is more likely to be “Modular Cabinets”. The Modular Cabinet industry, for the last decade, has been hard pressed to match the costs of Chinese manufacturers and many have moved their operations to China, or started using the lower cost southern oaks.
Those Custom Cabinet Shops that supply custom home builders are expected to supply a product that is noticeably superior to the Modular Cabinets, and part of that “superior” requirement applies to a very uniform and consistent color in the Red Oak doors.

That is why CabinetDoors.Com uses Glacial Northern Red Oak in every one of the Red Oak doors we make.

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Design Your Own Cabinet Doors

Design your own cabinet doorsNow you can design your own Cabinet Doors, and we can build them…The possibilities are in the Millions!
So, if you want to design your own Cabinet Door, here is where you can create your own unique look!
When you calculate all of our Cabinet Door possibilities by mix-and-matching wood types, arched or square, Mitered or Traditional, outside edges, stile-cuts, and panel-cuts, the numbers get huge. All these options are capable of creating several million uniquely different cabinet doors.

Those looking for a Cabinet Door that nobody has ever seen before, and that has probably never even been manufactured before, can design their own by choosing from our huge range of options.

These options have, until now, only been available to Custom Cabinet Makers, but now we are making all options available to those adventurous enough to actually design their own cabinet doors.

No door manufacturer is offering anywhere near the number of possibilities you can create here. Other Cabinet Door websites are offering from a dozen to, at most, a hundred different doors; we are now opening the design process far beyond anything ever offered before. We are offering literally Millions of Cabinet Door Design Possibilities!

So, If you want to explore the mix-and-match process, it starts by opening these PDF files. Click to open then choose your Stile-cut, your Panel-cut, and your Outside-edge. Then finish the process from our CabinetDoors.Com website by selecting your Door Style and Wood Type. Once your selections are finalized just email us with the design options, quantities, and sizes and we’ll email you the quote.

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Changes to the doors displayed on the CabinetDoors.Com website require additional charges, generally each changes add between $3-to-$5 per square foot, but Call or email when you’ve made your choices and we’ll calculate the actual costs and email our quote for your approval.

Now you have the opportunity to actually design your own cabinet doors and create a kitchen that is truly One-Of-A-Kind. Here is your chance to make your statement to the world with a kitchen totally unique, and unlike any other, anywhere.

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