Choosing a Wood
Craftsmen have been making beautiful and functional cabinetry from wood for hundreds of years. While the building techniques and technology have improved over time, the hardwoods have stood the test of time. Hardwoods remain an excellent choice particularly if you want to make environmentally responsible choices.
Misconceptions about the wood industry abound and unfortunately there is a lot of inaccurate information in circulation. However, the simple bottom line is that hardwood (and wood generally) is a naturally occurring, abundant, renewable resource. It really is THE sustainable building material. For more information, the following is an excellent resource about hardwoods - American Hardwood Information Center. The key aspects that make North American hardwoods an excellent environmental choice include:
- trees reproduce naturally and prolifically
- more trees are planted than harvested each year in North America
- excellent forest management practices and regulations have resulted in nearly twice as many trees in hardwood forests now as compared to 50 years ago
- forests are net producers of oxygen using carbon dioxide in the photosynthesis process and young growing trees use more CO2 than mature trees
- using woods from Canada and the United States reduces the additional environmental impacts from transporting woods like bamboo, teak and mahogany that are grown in South America or Asia
Choosing the type of wood for your cabinets is very much related to the type of finish you want to have. If you want a natural wood grain finish then obviously you need to select a natural or engineered wood. If you want a solid color finish, typically maple or MDF are the woods selected - these are the appropriate choices for that type of finish. While others could be selected, these are the best in terms of cost and performance.
The other factor that drives the choice of wood is your preference for the "look" of the wood. This look is very much dependant on the natural grain, and to some extent the natural color, of the wood. Woods have very distinctive grain patterns and natural color. While stains will change the color, there are limitations to this. For example Black Walnut is a naturally dark wood so regardless of how it is finished, it is always going casino online to be a dark wood and can only get darker if stained. Another example is the heavy open grain online casinos that oak exhibits. It doesn't matter what stain is applied to this you will always see this grain pattern.
Camrose Cabinets offers a wide selection of North American hardwoods and have the following samples on display in our showroom:
- Alder (clear and knotty)
- Bamboo (technically a grass and not native to North America but included due to its growing popularity)
- Black Walnut
- Hickory (clear and rustic)
- Oak (red, white, quarter sawn)
- Maple (white, bird's eye, knotty)
If you want further information on each wood species, Click Here to Download a Wood Briefing.
If solid hardwoods are not your preference, we have a selection of wood veneers available. These veneers can be both "real" or "reconstituted" (a man-made veneer which uses real wood fiber with natural colorants to simulate various color, figure and grain seen in real wood veneers). A popular line of these exotic veneers is the Echowood product. One limiting factor to keep in mind with a veneer product is that it is only available in a flat panel door. Since the veneer is laid up on a panel product that is typically MDF or a particle board core, no profiled door options are available.
Click here to download the Echowood Brochure