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Available Woods Species

Brighton Cabinetry combines exquisite wood types, expressive door styles, and enduring colors to create a unique and beautiful statement in your home. Brighton Cabinetry brings you options that include warm woods like Red Oak, Maple, Cherry, Clear Alder, and Walnut, and those with a distinctive look such as Red Birch, Rustic Alder, Quarter Sawn White Oak, Hickory, and Rustic Hickory. Each bringing its own particular characteristics to a variety of cabinet styles.


Maple is a smooth, close-grain wood that is primarily white in color. While maple is very uniform, you will notice random rays of wood grain outlines in small dark lines occur in white maple. Small black dots, known as bird’s eyes, and black material traces are another touch in solid maple doors. Maple will begin to take on a golden hue as it ages.
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Cherry ranges in color from white to deep brown. Exposure to light in your home deepens these colors, turning the wood to a dark, reddish-brown in the darker areas, while the light areas will deepen to shades from yellow to brown. These changes are natural and should be expected.
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Red Oak

Red oak is a very strong, open-grained wood with color ranging from salmon to white. The accents of green, yellow, or black that run through the surface are signs of mineral deposits absorbed during the tree’s growth. Wormholes, knots, and wild grain patterns all serve as nature’s fingerprints on solid oak doors.
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Hickory is a strong and varied grain wood. In a light finish, you will see that its color ranges widely, from white to dark chocolate brown. This extreme variation can be seen within a single panel and is considered desirable. Random knots and wormholes add even more character to hickory’s natural beauty.
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Rustic Hickory

This species displays the same characteristics as standard grade Hickory with the presence of sound whole knots and cut knots giving it a very rustic appearance. It is also called Knotty Hickory and has a strong and varied grain ranging in color, from white to dark chocolate brown. This extreme variation can be seen within a single panel and is considered desirable.
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Clear Alder

Also known as Alder or Premium Alder is pale yellow or tan to light reddish-brown color. The color is somewhat uniform throughout with random pin knots to be expected as a natural part of the wood. It has a straight, fine grain with an even texture.
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Rustic Alder

Also known as Knotty Alder, is pale yellow or tan to light reddish-brown color. The color is somewhat uniform throughout with sound whole knots and cut knots giving this species a very rustic appearance. It is fine-grained with moderate variation. If the larger knot characteristics of Rustic Alder are not appealing we recommend that Clear Alder is selected to minimize these traits.
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Red Birch

Red Birch comes from the heartwood of the birch tree and is a tight, close-grain wood. The pattern can range from a plain, indistinct growth to a figured or curly grain. Streaky colors are common with contrasting shades of red and brown that can also be present as pink or even as a purplish tone.
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Quarter Sawn White Oak

As a result of the style of cut known as quarter sawn, this straight-grain wood displays a dramatic pattern sometimes called “ribbon and flake.” It varies in color from white to light tan, medium brown, or a pale yellow-brown with a pinkish tinge. It has a medium to coarse texture with small knots, mineral deposits, or wormholes occasionally present.
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Walnut is beautiful wood stained or natural. The natural characteristics common for this species result in a blend of off-white to grey to medium brown tones throughout. It shows a curly grain pattern with occasional mineral or pin knots. Standard grade Walnut can have up to 35% of light sap-wood present in the center panels of doors.
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Painted Cabinets

Our painted cabinets combine the beauty of wood with the clean look of a painted finish. Over time, the wood will naturally expand and contract and the painted finish may develop hairline cracks, most noticeable in the joint areas. This is a result of the genuine hardwoods used in the manufacture of our products. These changes can be expected with the beauty of our painted cabinets.