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!

Maple – Burrows Cabinets uses Northern White Maple, defined by its subtle, elegant grain pattern. It is an exceptionally hard wood specie with closed pores. These characteristics make it less receptive to stain than any other species. It is common for this specie to exhibit a mottled or blotchy look when stained with mid to darker tone stains. Maple’s general coloration ranges from yellowish-white to a light tan shade. Mineral streaks are common in maple and turn darker when stained. Maple is generally responsive to light and its overall color will change (usually towards a light yellow shade) over time, particularly when exposed to sunlight. The surface apperance of white maple is a combination of soft, flowing grains, intermingled with different “patterns” caused by varing density. Pronounced circular “dots”, known as Birdseye, are not uncommon, and are , in fact, frequently sought after in hard maple lumber. An effect known as “ribboning” or “fiddleback” (parallel wavy patches of hard and soft areas) is also common and distinctively attractive.