Natural Hardwoods – What to Expect

Burrows Cabinets uses the finest, furniture-grade, select hardwood available for our cabinets and cabinet doors. Because these hardwoods are a product of nature, variations in color and grain are to be expected. Some species of wood have unique grain characteristics that may cause the final finish to look darker in some areas. Therefore, while your cabinetry will have the same basic appearance as our door samples, they will be absolutely unique and perhaps noticeably different. You can anticipate the consistency of quality and craftsmanship as well as the character of natural wood in all our cabinetry.

We strongly encourage designers and sales agents to set real expectations with homeowners on the variability and beauty of natural wood products.  We all want homeowners to end up with a product they love!

Alder – Burrows Cabinets uses a Red Alder, which has a smooth and flowing closed grain pattern similar to birch. Small tight knots and swirls in the grain are common even in “clear” Alder and add desired character. With “Knotty” Alder, expect to have large open knots & splits. Alder is mainly light brown in color with a yellow or reddish tinge.  It is a relatively soft hardwood with medium density and is receptive to stains.  While generally a more uniform wood, it is not uncommon for this specie to exhibit a mottled or blotchy look when stained with mid to darker tone stains.  Alder is generally responsive to light and its overall color may change over time particularly when exposed to sunlight.