Custom Wood Cabinets MN

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make about any cabinet, is the material. From kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and basements to offices, entertainment centers, and built-in bookcases, you can transform virtually any space in your home with custom wood cabinetry!

Discover The Beauty & Charm Of Real Wood Cabinetry!

Wood is a product of nature and, as such, will display natural characteristics and variances that are unique to each species. These characteristics are an integral part of the charm and beauty of real wood. Wood cabinetry has a unique character all its own. Just as no two trees are exactly alike, each piece of wood is entirely unique.

Wood Types & Characteristics

Soil and climatic conditions affect the growth characteristics, grain and coloring of wood. The finest of hardwoods may display mineral streaks, gum spots, knots and variations in color. The unique beauty and character of real wood is displayed in these naturally occurring variations. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty and appeal of real wood products and are not considered to be a defect.

Wood Cabinet Materials

Species of wood differ greatly in color, durability, and price. Here’s a list of the most popular woods used in cabinetry, and a few comments on each, just to get your gears turning.

  • Pine is the cheapest cabinet wood you’re going to find.  It is a softwood, however, so don’t expect pine cabinetry to hold up as well as others when it comes to fighting off scratches and dents.
  • Oak is known for its beauty and resiliency.  It has an attractive, open grain, and ranges in color from dark red to a yellowish brown.
  • Cherry is one of the most beautiful woods on the market and is a favorite for two reasons.  It varies in color, even on a single piece of wood, which adds character to your cabinetry. Secondly, it darkens with age, gaining that deep red hue that cherry is so well known for over time. This dark color brings a warm elegance to any room.
  • Birch is another popular choice, also because of the varying shades in the wood and grain.  It is a medium density hardwood, tougher than pine but not as hardy as oak or maple.
  • Maple, along with oak, dominates the cabinetry market.  Its lighter color and high resiliency make it perfect for a wood kitchen cabinet, or any other cabinet for that matter, and the common occurrences of distinctive irregularities in the grain give it a character that few woods can rival.
  • Hickory is one of the strongest, hardest and heaviest woods with random natural streaks that add unique accents to your cabinetry. Hickory has an array of naturally prominent colors ranging from very light cream to dark reddish brown to sometimes nearly black which easily can be enhanced by light or natural stains.
  • Mahogany is perhaps the most beautiful choice you can make when it comes to cabinetry of any sort.  It is also by far the most expensive.  Expect to dig deep into your pockets if you go with this rare, and beautiful, wood.

What To Expect From Your Cabinetry

Natural Characteristics Of Wood

The look and feel of your room will be influenced by the natural characteristics of the wood that you will choose.

When choosing wood, it all comes down to three important details: type, color and grain.

Grain is a term used to describe direction of the natural fibers in wood, such as straight, spiral or curly, as well as fine or course grain patterns. Grain structure is determined by the way each type of tree tends to form annual growth rings.

Some basic grain descriptions include:

  • Fine: Inconspicuous or invisible patterns
  • Straight: Straight, vertical patterns
  • Cross: Lines that run parallel to the sides of the wood
  • Spiral: Tornado or funnel-like patterns
  • Wavy: Wave-like patterns
  • Curly: Circular patterns
  • Arch: Inverted U or V patterns

When creating a specific look and feel for your room, you’ll want to understand the different types of wood used to build our cabinetry.

  • Expect variations in wood grain patterns and density These variations are a vital part of the beauty of natural wood.  The same stain applied to two pieces of the same wood species may result in somewhat different appearances (especially when comparing solid wood to veneers).
  • Color variations are caused by the assortment of minerals in the soil in which the tree was grown, rainfall, growing temperature, etc.  All wood species can also exhibit sap runs, knots and pinholes in varying degrees.
  • Color changes through time will occur when wood is exposed to all types of light (normal and man-made).  It is the general nature of wood to darken over time, some species more than others are.  The finishing process does not hinder this aging process.
  • Changes in heat and humidity Wood is an organic material and will react to large and or rapid variations in these conditions, resulting in material reactions than can consist of, but are not limited to: warping, growth, shrinkage, splitting, checking, discoloration, separation at the joints and decomposition of the adhesives and finish materials.
  • Because no 2 trees are exactly alike, the cabinets made for your kitchen or bath will have subtle variations from the samples on which you based your selections.

By understanding the unique variations in wood, you will have a greater appreciation for the natural beauty of your new wood cabinetry.

Unique Variations in Wood Species

Also, the finish you select on each wood species will exhibit color changes when exposed to different types of light and environments over time and may look different from the new cabinetry installed in your home.  To ensure satisfaction with a finish color, it is best to view a new sample in your home environment. (Feel free to discuss the inherent characteristics of the wood species and finish selection you choose with your installer).

We hope this has been informative.  It just shows how difficult it may be to choose the right one.  Working with a Minnesota Custom Cabinet Shop, you can select not only the wood you want, but also the style of the cabinet doors and the finish.  They will be also very helpful in suggesting options for hardware to match the cabinets you select.

One Final Note: Acclamation Period
We recommend that you allow your new cabinetry to acclimate itself to the environment of your home for 30 to 60 days. During this acclimation period, you may notice some shifting of doors that may make them appear to be warped or bowed. This is a normal occurrence as the wood in your cabinetry expands and contracts as it adjusts to its new environment.
Do not try to fix a door if it appears warped or bowed during this acclimation period. Wait until at least 60 days pass, as it may take this time period for your cabinetry to settle into its natural form and shape.