Type of Wood

Wood Type - Wood Species

What kind of tree would you like your Kent Moore Cabinets to be made from? 

Wood products are known for their natural beauty, and each type has unique physical properties, with variation in grain pattern, texture and color. 

Kent Moore Cabinets uses hardwoods for built to last cabinetry. Read on to learn more about the following types of wood.

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Maple is recognized as one of the best hardwoods found in North America, with a light color, fine texture, straight grain, and a subdued attractive grain figure. Maple has natural strength and stability, combined with good availability. The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The amount of darker brown heartwood can vary significantly according to growing region and will darken with age upon exposure to natural light.

Both sapwood and heartwood can contain pith fleck and vine trails. The wood has a close fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained, but it can also occur as “curly,” “fiddle-back,” “tiger-stripe,” and “birds-eye” patterns.

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Maple Wood Species


Red Oak is a commercial name used for several species of Oak, with a wide range of color, texture, and density characteristics, including Northern, Southern, Scarlet, and Black. Available in large volume, Red Oak is a heavy, dense, open grain wood.

The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is pinkish & reddish brown. Red oak is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture.

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Oak Wood Species


Hickory has a combination of strength, hardness, stiffness and shock resistance not found in any other wood. The sapwood of hickory is white, tinged with inconspicuous fine brown lines while the heartwood is pale to reddish brown. Both are coarse-textured and the grain is fine, usually straight but can be wavy or irregular.

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Hickory Wood Species


Cherry is known as a superior cabinet wood, with excellent moisture resistance and finish holding, and minimal shrinkage and swelling. The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and upon exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. The wood has a fine uniform, straight grain, satiny, smooth texture, and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets.

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Cherry Wood Species


Western alder is a fine-grained hardwood similar to cherry, birch and maple. This medium density wood dries rapidly and has relatively low shrinkage and machines well. Alder is moderately light in weight and intermediate in most strength properties with no visible boundary between heartwood and sapwood. Alder takes any color or stain easily and also looks good in its natural state with its attractive honey color. The wood has no problems with sap, mineral streaks, dark colors or staining.

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Alder Wood Species


The sapwood is creamy white and may be streaked, with the heartwood varying from pale yellowish brown to olive green. The green color in the heartwood will tend to darken on exposure to light and turn brown. The wood has a medium to fine texture and is straight-grained; has a comparatively uniform texture.

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Poplar Wood Species


Rustic Woods also available in Maple, Oak, Hickory, and Alder. Other species such as Black Walnut and Mahogany may be available by special request and special order.