February 2014 by Jim Hill
While some door companies use lower lumber grades to reduce costs, the top cabinet door manufacturers always use the best available lumber in the industry.
Each of our wood species are purchased from the regions where that specie is of the highest quality.
For instance, the highest quality Red Oak grows in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The best Cherry grows in Pennsylvania, and the best Alder grows in Oregon and Washington. We buy the best quality and from only the regions that produce the best.
Here are some examples of the highest quality hardwoods available.
Note: Other woods used but not pictured are Knotty Maple, knotty cherry, and Paint Grade.
We use only the very best woods we can buy…Here is an example.
Each wood type we use is the best quality and color we can buy. Because our Custom Cabinet Shop customers depend upon our doors setting the visual tone for their cabinets, we only use the very best.
A good example of our selection process is the Red Oak we use.
Red Oak grows in three major regions and the region determines the overall quality of the Oak. Southern Oak grows the fastest, because of the warmer climate, and has the widest range of color. Southern oak, while commonly used for flooring is generally considered the lowest quality of the Red Oaks.
Appalachian Oak grows farther north than the Southern Oaks and ranges from Missouri as far north as Indiana and Pennsylvania. Appalachian Red Oak doesn’t have the color range of Southern and grows slower causing tighter growth rings and improved stability.
Northern Red Oak grows the slowest and has the tightest growth rings and the most uniform color of all the Red Oaks.
Like all the Red Oak regions, Northern Red Oak is further divided into sub-regions. One of these regions, the Glacial region, is the best of the best. Only a narrow sub-section of the Northern Red Oak range is considered the Glacial Region and it extends from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through parts of Wisconsin. Due to the deep top soil left by the Glaciers, the color is a more-consistent “Wheat” color. This Glacial Northern Red Oak is considered the best of the best. That’s why we use it in our Red Oak Doors and Drawer Fronts.
Each wood specie we use has a story of it’s own, and like our research into the growing regions and sub-species of Red Oak, we have also selected the best of the best in Maple, Hickory, Birch, Pine, Beech, Alder, Ash, and Cherry.