The specie of wood you choose makes as much of an impact as the style of cabinetry. Each type holds finishes differently and boasts its own unique grain characteristics.
RUSTIC ALDER (RA)
Commonly used for a rugged look with knotholes, burls and mineral streaks. Can create a modern industrial look with a darker finish.
Brings a rich, elegant feel. Common in fine furniture. Darkens or "mellows" with age. May contain small knots for added character.
The hardest wood with the widest color variation. Random burls, knots and mineral streaks give each hickory kitchen a unique sensibility.
RUSTIC HICKORY (RH)
Includes a combination of open knots, wormholes, dramatic color contrast and mineral streaks. These characteristics occur naturally.
A go-to wood species–very uniform and predictable. Therefore takes lighter stain and paint colors well.
Another popular, versatile wood with rich textures and grain patters that lends itself to practically any application.
QUARTERSAWN OAK (QO)
This technique of cutting a tree at a nearly 90° angle creates a parallel and orderly feel to the grain–as opposed to the natural variances in the grain you'll find with traditional woods.