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The beauty of all natural wood is evident in it’s variations of color and grain.  The variations and individual characteristics of natural wood make every woodworking project unique.  At Kountry Kraft we know our woods!  We offer 10 different wood species to choose from, each with it’s own unique set of characteristics.  When coupled with our wide array of finishes and door styles, each wood species can truly make your custom cabinets an expression of your personal style.

Wood Species

Red Oak – Features a very strong open grain pattern that varies from straight to wild patterns. Color will vary from light to medium brown, often with a reddish cast. Some pin burls, dark mineral streaks, and/or white sapwood may occur, especially in machined areas


Knotty Pine – This rustic moderately soft closed grain wood that is yellowish creamy white in color and is accented with knots. Some red or black knots, split knots and possible mineral streaks enhance the rustic beauty of this wood.


Cherry – An attractive closed grain wood that is reddish in color. Can be light brown to white and may show up most often on machined areas of doors. Dark mineral streaks and pin burls are normal characteristics of the beautiful wood.


Rustic Cherry – Featuring the same characteristics as cherry but with more sapwood (whitewood), more mineral streaks and pin burls, and has varying sized knots. It is available on solid wood door styles only.


Hard Maple – Off white to light brown in color. Moderately matched blending color and grain. Allows curly grain, sugar streaks, and occasional mineral and pin knots.


Hickory – A beautiful open grained rustic hardwood. The array of colors will vary from a near white, to light brown, to dark brown. It may have pecks, burls, and mineral streaks.


White Oak – Pale brown to dark brown in color with a greenish gray tinge. The grain is very straight with a relatively porous open texture. Distinctive ray and fleck patterns may also be present.


Walnut – A closed grain wood with color that varies from off white, to light grey-brown, to deep rich chocolate brown. Streaky color, curly grain, mineral streaks, and pin knots are to be expected.


Alder – This relatively soft hardwood has a fairly straight grain.   Porous end grain on panel raises and edges is to be expected. It is a light brown color with a yellow or reddish tinge.


Rustic Alder– Has the same characteristics as alder but has knots of all sizes and types. Knots will commonly have cracks and/or holes. It is available on solid wood door styles only.


To maintain a very competitive price point in the marketplace we do not as a standard use “Premium” grade solid wood doors in all of our wood species.  Premium grade woods will have less sap marks, pin burls, or knots, and less variation in color because it is selected more tediously.  This makes it a high price point, but a more highly desired wood.  Although it is not standard, we do offer premium grade in red oak, cherry and hard maple at an additional premium.  Check out this Janka Hardness Chart if you want to understand the hardness rating of each specie. Please contact us if you are interested in adding premium grade doors to your custom cabinetry.  At Kountry Kraft, anything is possible!

Dee Funk March 15, 2023