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Bertch - Wood Characteristics

Red Alder

Red Alder

A fine-grained hardwood similar to Cherry, Birch, and Maple. Pale yellow (tan) to reddish brown in color. A soft, light wood with even texture and straight grain that accepts stain well. Characteristics include random sized tight knots and rays.


White Birch

White Birch

White Birch, medium hardwood, similar to Maple but not as consistent in color as Maple, good base for solid color finishes, accepts stain unevenly; mottles. Mottling is a blotchy appearance evident due to various densities in the wood. Not recommended for darker stains. Off white color, medium density, fine texture, straight grain.


Red Birch

Red Birch

A strong fine-grained hardwood with reddish-brown color. Usually finished "Natural" to emphasize the reddish color and highlights in the grain.


Cherry

Cherry

Darkens with age at a very fast rate, pitch marks (worm holes), mineral streaks, medium hardwood, accepts stain well. Cherry is especially sensitive to light. Light will cause the wood to darken/redden significantly. Medium reddish brown color, medium density, fine texture, straight grain. Sap wood of up to 20% is standard on any cherry component.


Hickory

Hickory

Hardwood, mineral streaks, accepts stain evenly, known for its "wild" contrasting light and dark streaks. Light brown color, hard density, medium coarse texture, straight grain, strong, elastic, hard. Hickory has white sapwood and reddish/dark heartwood.


Maple

Maple

Hardwood, fine, tight grain, looks best with light, natural, or solid color finishes, yellows slightly with age. Not recommended for darker stains. Cream color, hard density, fine texture, straight grain.


Red Oak

Red Oak

Hardwood, open grain, accepts stain well, will darken slightly with age, grain pattern very evident when a solid color finish is applied. May vary in color from light to dark with possible shades of green.


Rustic

Rustic (All woods are available in Rustic)

Solid wood will have character marks such as large knots and wane. Other characteristics include: small pin knots, bird pecks, worm tracks, mineral stain, irregular figures in the grain, cracks that do not hurt the strength of the part, sap wood and cherry pitch marks. Cabinet face frames, plywood returns, Tri Views, Oval Mirror and Medicine Cabinet, Wood Tops, Frieze Valances, Wood Hoods (plywood components, scribe and outside corner molding) will not be rustic.