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Omega - Wood Characteristics

The basic building blocks of the Omega product are select hardwoods and veneers. The unique beauty and elegance of hardwood is expressed in the character of each unique piece of hardwood as it is machined, joined and finished into fine cabinetry. Just as no two trees are alike, no two pieces of wood are alike. This natural occurrence can result in the beautiful variations in grain and color throughout your cabinets.

Maple Wood Characteristics


Maple is characterized by its smooth, even and fine grain pattern. Natural maple has some color variation, but is generally more uniform than most select hardwoods. Mineral streaks are common in maple and appear darker when stained. Click here to see available stains.

Cherry Wood Characteristics


Cherry is a smooth, even-grained hardwood known for its warm, rich look. Cherry 'mellows' or darkens with age. Exposure to bright or direct sunlight will cause the wood to darken and redden significantly. Cherry will have some sapwood, mineral streaking, fine pin holes and pitch pockets. Click here to see available stains.

Red Birch Wood Characteristics

Red Birch

Red Birch is a strong, durable, closed-grained wood with a very even texture. This species looks similar to cherry wood, but does not darken dramatically as it is exposed to sunlight. Because red birch is the select heartwood from yellow birch trees, some sapwood of a lighter color may be blended in the mix of boards. Click here to see available stains.

Pecan Wood Characteristics


Pecan is one of the stronger hardwoods and is a member of the hickory family. Pecan is characterized by dramatic color variations ranging from white sapwood to reddish-brown heartwood, even in the same piece of wood. Pecan will 'mellow' with age, making the color variation less apparent. It may contact pin holes, knots, burls and color streaks. Click here to see available stains.

* Rustic Pecan has the same characteristics as pecan, but has more dramatic color variations, pin holes, knots, burls and color streaks, along with more radical graining.

Oak Wood Characteristics


Northern red oak is known for its predominant grain patterns that run from straight lines to arched and pointed. Lightness and darkness variations are noticeable in lighter finishes. Oak is one of the stronger hardwoods. Click here to see available stains.

* Rustic Oak has the same characteristics as oak, but has intense, predominant grain patterns and color variations along with knotholes and more radical graining.

Quartersawn Oak Wood Characteristics

Quartersawn Oak

Quartersawn White Oak is know for its distinctive "rays" and "flecks" in the wood grain. White Oak is a slow growing tree: therefore, the grain growth rings are much closer together than in Red Oak. Colors range from a nearly white sapwood to a darker gray-brown heartwood. Quartersawn White Oak will take stain evenly: and this hardwood is known for its strength, durability, and beauty. Click here to see available stains.

Alder Wood Characteristics


Alder is characterized by its straight grain and even texture. Its appearance can range from pale red to reddish brown with an indistinct boundary between heartwood and sapwood. Alder is a softer wood than maple and cherry and can dent relatively easily, but offers a stable surface for stain. Click here to see available stains.

* Rustic Alder has the same characteristics as Alder, but features more dramatic pin holes, knots, knot holes, and grain variation.

Walnut Wood Characteristics


Black walnut has been called the "king of hardwoods". Walnut is smooth grained with a rich and warm appeal. Color can range from deep chocolate brown to light reddish-gray brown. While care is taken to eliminate it, sapwood areas may be present and range in hue from light yellow to light brown. As it ages, walnut will "mellow" and lighten in color. Click here to see available stains.

* Walnut is only available in a natural finish through Omega Custom with a 10-12 week lead time.