Shown are some of the most commonly used types of wood in cabinet construction. 


Alder wood is characterized by light brown and reddish undertones. Alder has a straight, even-textured wood grain and is of a moderate weight and hardness. Because of its mostly uniform grain pattern, structure and consistency of natural color and tone, alder is a preferred wood for finishing.

Knotty Alder is a variation of alder that can be used for a more rustic look.


Maple wood is predominately white to creamy-white in color, with occasional reddish-brown tones. Hard maple is a fine textured, tight grained wood which is a heavier and denser wood than other types. The subtle grain pattern of maple wood creates a smooth, uniform appearance.


Birch wood has a smooth surface texture with a tight wood grain that is strong and heavy. The predominant sapwood color of Birch is white to creamy yellow, while the heartwood varies from medium to dark brown to reddish brown.

"He who works with his hands is a laborer; 
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman;
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist"


Hickory wood has a naturally contrasting appearance due to the heartwood and sapwood of the Hickory wood. The color may range from blonde or white to reddish-brown and dark brown.


Walnut wood features graceful grain patterns and muted brown hues. The smooth, fine and general straight wood grain has colors that range from deep chocolate to light reddish-gray brown.


Cherry wood is characterized by their red undertones, but may vary in color from white to a deep rich brown. Cherry has a smoot, close-grained appearance with a fairly uniform texture and random marking. The even grain allows finishes to be applied with ease.



Oak wood has distinct grain patterns and range in color from white to pink and reddish tones. Streaks of green, yellow and even black may appear due to mineral deposits in the wood. Two most common variations are sold as either white and red oak. 

There are many more species that are considered specialty or exotic woods that offer a wider variety of characteristics and 

colors but can be quite a bit more expensive should you choose to use them in your new cabinetry project.

Finish products we use:

Mohawk brand Wiping Wood Stains - we typically apply first coat and let set for a minimum of 24 hours before applying a second coat as needed to achieve a rich, deep even coat and color finish.

Mohawk products meet maximum VOC content for job site application anywhere in the U.S.A. and comply with state recycling rules, as a member of PaintCare®. Mohawk Finishing is registered with the EPA as a producer of architectural products.

MV 22 Sanding Sealer

550 COMPLIANT, LOW VOC (volatile organic compounds)



Unilac 100/35 Lacquer top coat

HAPS FREE (hazardous air pollutants) , SELF-SEAL READY TO USE


For 'painted' finishes we use:

MV 22 Sanding Sealer - Tinted to the desired color chosen by the client

Unilac 100/35 Lacquer top coat - Tinted to the desired color chosen by the client