Choosing a Cabinet Wood Type
Style starts with the grain
Aristokraft products use hardwoods and veneers to create cabinets that stand the test of time. Just as no two trees are alike, the unique beauty and elegance of hardwood is expressed in the character of each piece as it's crafted, joined and finished into fine cabinetry. This results in attractive variations in grain and color.
Alternative materials and paint offer a more consistent appearance for those who prefer more uniformity, without sacrificing durability.
Kitchens today are dominated by stainless steel and glass, and the natural warmth and texture of hardwood provides a welcome contrast. Wood exhibits defining characteristics such as mineral deposits and knots that contribute to its beauty and can be highlighted by stains and glazes. Your look can even evolve over time, with changes occurring as wood ages and is exposed to light. Humidity also has a significant impact on woods, with dimensional changes lasting several days or weeks. To avoid permanent or damaging changes, maintain the humidity levels at or above 20% when the temperature is below 20 degrees and over 35% when the temperature is above 20 degrees.
Common Natural Characteristics
Sound Knot – A knot solid across its face, which shows no sign of decay
Mineral Streaks – Streaks of color ranging from olive to blackish-brown typically following grain pattern
Subtle grain pattern
Smooth, uniform appearance
Color ranges from creamy white to pale red/brown within a panel
May include "bird's eye" dots and mineral streaks
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Very strong, open grain pattern
Color may vary from salmon red to dark cinnamon within a panel
Mineral deposits add color accents of green, yellow or black
May include random worm holes, knots and wild-grain patterns
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These materials are highly durable, less susceptible to discoloration and easy to maintain.