The Beauty of Oak Cabinets
Oak kitchen cabinets are known for their durability and timeless quality. Often used in Mission style cabinets, oak is used in a variety of cabinet styles. Oak hardwood often displays a variety of natural patterns, providing each piece of lumber with a unique look.
Straight Grain Oak and Cathedral Grain/Quarter-Sawn Oak
Straight grain oak, also known as rift sawn, has an elegant, straight-line appearance, which sets it apart from the more common “cathedral grain” of quarter sawn oak. Its inherent and enhanced stability makes straight grain oak a more desirable and higher value alternative than quarter-sawn oak for any application. The images below are examples of unstained oak hardwood. Ask an expert: Planning new kitchen cabinets? Our design service is free. We encourage you to call our studio at 888-350-1242 for information or ideas on using oak cabinets in your new kitchen. Or request a Quick Quote to see how much cabinets will cost for your kitchen. A member of our team will get an estimate back to you in one business day.
Characteristics of Oak
Oak is very hard, and its dense, coarse grain makes it highly resistant to damage. Oak is known for its distinct rays that add to its attractiveness and appeal. Variations in grain and flecking may appear in oak cabinets. Cliq Cabinetry uses straight grain oak for all doors and face frames. The natural features described below are normal and are not considered defects:
- Oak colors range from light tans to deep reddish browns
- Streaks of yellow or black mineral deposits
- Non-uniform rays, checks and flecks
- Noticeable differences in color between open-and close-grained areas
- Variations within a single door and among adjacent cabinets