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Woods used in the making of fine cabinetry
(including eco-friendly specialty woods) -


Lyptus Premium Hardwood for lighter colored Custom Cabinets - Lyptus is a premium grade hardwood that is a result of careful cross breeding of specific hybrids (mother trees) of Eucalyptus species chosen for both color and strength.

It is an Eco-Friendly decorative Brazilian plantation tree. Tree plantations help reduce the pressure on the Amazon and African forests for wood use. Lyptus is an excellent alternative to using woods almost threatened to extinction. Lyptus is grown as a sustainable and renewal wood source and is cultivated for optimum growth and quality making this an ideal wood for use in both furniture and flooring. It is a clear faced wood without knots, holes, or gum pockets.

A premium-grade hardwood, Lyptus® is grown in South America on highly productive plantations, interspersed with reintroduced indigenous trees to preserve native ecosystems. Wood is produced using proprietary technology and sustainable forestry practices. Thus, Lyptus customers can feel good about using this premium-quality hardwood, and also be assured of continuous supplies throughout the foreseeable future.

Jatoba Premium Hardwood - Brazilian Cherry for richly colored Custom Cabinets - Jatoba (more information by clicking this link) or Brazilian Cherry is a South American Tree with an open grain similar to Oak, but twice as hard and strong with shock resistant qualities similar to ask and hickory. This is considered by the Forest Stewardship Council to be an Eco Timber. This wood usually has dark brown or black streaks that contrasts with a background color ranging from dark orange to reddish brown and has an overall golden luster. Because of the natural characteristics of this tree, it is naturally resistant to decay processes. Once a finish has been applied, you can see the fine grain that appears. This is a wonderful wood for furniture and cabinets. Butternut - Butternut is also known as White Walnut. Lighter in weight than walnut, the tan to brown wood will take a finish well. This an interesting wood for furniture cabinets because of its soft texture and color.
Oak - Oak has intense and predominant grain patterns with color and value (lightness or darkness) variations that are noticeable, particularly in natural finishes. Colors can range from reds to grays. Oak is one of the strongest, and still remains one of the most popular hardwoods used for cabinets.
African Sapele - Sapele or otherwise known as African Mahogany is a reddish-brown wood that in many ways is very similar to Mahogany. A remarkable feature this wood is that the grain is interlocked and changes in its general direction, which occur at frequent, though irregular intervals. When separated with a radial cut, this peculiar grain arrangement shows clearly as alternating light and dark stripes. The main points that differ from regular mahoganies are the wood's greater hardness and weight, and its cedar-like smell. The distinct pores are clustered rather than being evenly spread through the wood.  Alder - another eco-friendly wood - Alder is a hardwood that grows in the northern hemisphere. It is straight grained, fine textured, moderately heavy, and is very shock resistant. This wood stains and polishes well and is often stained to match other cabinet woods. The color depends on whether it is black, gray, or red alder. Common alder is usually orange brown in color.
Spanish Cedar - Spanish cedar, which is not really a cedar at all, is known for its distinctive fragrance, (thus, its use lining humidors, cigar boxes and cigar wrappers), but it is an excellent choice for high-end cabinetry and furniture. Generally, the colors vary depending on the origin and soil conditions and can range from pinkish to red. red-brown or a red-purple tone. The wood is usually straight grained and has a fine and uniform texture. Cherry - Cherry is a smooth, evenly grained strong hardwood known for its warm and rich look. Heartwood can range from a deep red to reddish-brown in color. Natural cherry can have areas that are yellowish, green or gray. Variations in color should be expected in cherry cabinets. Cherry will darken significantly with age and the color variations will become more pronounced. It commonly has pinholes and pitch pockets, similar to the mineral streaks in maple.
Philippine Mahogany - The heartwood of Philippine Mahogany is straw, light brown, or reddish brown in color, turning slightly darker upon exposure and the grain is typically interlocked with a medium and even texture. Red Birch - Birch is a strong, durable, closed grained wood with a very even texture. In a natural finish the grain patterns allow for an iridescent appearance. This wood doesn't darken dramatically as it is exposed to sunlight.




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