Once the cabinet construction type has been chosen, you’re ready to pick out your doors. Cabinet doors are available in a variety of materials, including wood, thermofoil, and laminate, and aluminum framed glass doors.
Wood doors are made of natural hardwood, which is stained or painted, and finished with a topcoat to protect the natural beauty. Within wood doors, you can get either solid wood, or veneer, which is a thin slice of wood applied to a furniture board or plywood core. Laminates are made of melamine, and thermofoils are made with vinyl, and are both available in either solid colors or wood grains.
Note: The Janka Hardness scale is a method of determining the hardness of the wood. As an example of the softest wood, Alder has a Janka Hardness number of 590. At the top of the scale is Brazilian Walnut with a Janka number of 3680. All the woods listed below fall somewhere in between.
Natural variations in hardwoods that both define and enhance the wood’s natureand beauty are:
- Variations in the grain
- Pitch Pockets
- Pin Holes
- Color variations which are immediate, and which can change over time.
- Janka Hardness of 995
- Tan blonde to deep brown with distinct, varied grain and pitch pockets
- Darkens and reddens with age, blending hues from golden yellow to deep red
- Janka Hardness of 1450
- Creamy White to pale reddish brown with a subtle grain pattern
- Color turns more golden yellow over time
- Janka Hardness of 590
- Color range is from pale red to red-brown
- Maintains color well, yellows slightly over time
- Rustic Alder contains streaks, pinholes, and knots
- Janka Hardness of 1290
- Color is salmon red to dark cinnamon
- Can be Rift Cut or Quarter Sawn for consistent grain, or plain sawn for a wild grain
- Maintains color well over time
- Janka Hardness of 830
- Color is golden brown to red, grain pattern is distinct, with fine, darker striations
- Can be Ribbon Cut for consistent grain or plain sawn for wild grain
- Darkens and goldens over time
- Janka Hardness of 1010
- Color is a light to darker brown with a mild grain
- Brightens to golden brown naturally
- Color is light tan with many color and grain variations.
- Lyptus wood can be stained to a rich, dark color as seen in our Showroom Lyptus Kitchen.
- Lyptus wood is a sustainable and renewable wood.
- Eucalyptus wood is a green choice that slso offers rich warmth and a grain structure that brings fine mahogany to mind.
- Lyptus wood can be stained to a dark rich color, as in our showroom display, or stained a lighter shade.
- Janka Hardness of 1180
- Fast growing grass, fairly lightweight
- Sustainable and renewable wood product.
- Color is light yellow with darker brown accents, available in a straight grain.
- Very hard wood with extreme color variation
- Uses a reconstituted recycled wood product for a very consistent grain
- Veneers can be are stained to emulate endangered wood species
- Available through custom manufacturers