The Beauty of Oak Cabinets
Oak kitchen cabinets are known for their durability and timeless quality. Particularly suitable in designs calling for Mission cabinets, oak hardwood displays a variety of natural patterns, providing each piece of lumber with a unique look.
Straight Grain, Quarter-Sawn and Plain Sawn Oak
Below are examples of the most common cuts of oak lumber, and a diagram explaining how those varying grains are achieved.
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Natural 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. CliqStudios 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