When you purchase cabinetry from Brakur, we choose only the finest in raw materials. Brakur only purchases “select and better” lumber from our mills. There are seven different wood species available to choose. Please take a moment to educate yourself on the different species available.
- Rustic Maple: Rustic Maple, like maple, is a stiff, strong, heavy wood with a tight, uniform grain pattern and a smooth surface. Characteristics include burled grain, pin knots, and carmelizing. Rustic maple cabinetry features a random blend of natural characteristics, occurring much more frequently than in maple. Wide color variation may occue, and sap wood will be more prominent.
- Rustic Cherry: Cherry is most often chosen for its elegant grain patterns and sophisticated look. But Brakur’s Rustic Cherry reveals another dimension to this surprisingly versatile wood. With a higher tolerance for grain variation, knots and mineral marks, it's these imperfections that give our Rustic Cherry such warmth and character. Wide color variation may occur, and sap wood will be more prominent.
- Silver Maple: Off white to light gray in color. Silver maple is moderately heavy, hard, strong and stiff. Dark finishes will vary depending on grain orientation of curl (light to dark absorption). This wood stains very well and may make apparent some natural characteristics of the wood such as curling and striping all of which make this Brakur’s most popular wood species.
- Cherry: Pink to reddish brown to deep red in color. Cherry is an elegant, multi-colored hardwood, which may contain small knots and pin holes. Natural or light stains accent these color variations making a distinctive statement in a full kitchen. Cherry wood will darken or “mellow” with age. This mellowing is a natural occurrence and the benefit of owning a solid cherry kitchen.
- Red Oak: Red oak is a straight-grained hardwood with a coarse texture and a pinkish-red hue. The texture of the wood varies according to the rate of growth. Red Oak is a strong wood used for its natural beauty of open grain, mineral streaks, wormholes, and knots, which are all considered as the fingerprints of nature.
- Birch: The appearance of the wood will vary between species, but generally the sap wood is creamy white and the heart stock, golden brown. A straight-grained wood with fine even texture. Birch is heavy and very strong. Color variations, knots, bird’s eyes, and wormholes are examples of it beauty.
- Pine: Off-white to yellow to orange brown in color. Pine is a naturally soft wood enhanced by knots that are found throughout its grain.
- Walnut: Heartwood ranges from a deep, rich dark brown to a purplish black. Sapwood is nearly white to tan. Difference between heartwood and sapwood color is great. Grain is mostly straight and open, but some boards have burled or curly grain. Arrangement of pores is similar to hickories, but pores are smaller in size. Great variety of color and figure within species, as well as variation in color among boards. In time, there will be a natural change in color from the original color. Depending on the light of each individual area, color change will vary.
- Hickory: Tan to reddish brown heartwood, cream to yellowish sapwood (variable mixture of heart and sap). Hickory is very hard, dense, and heavy. The main characteristic of hickory is its wide color variation. This is commonly known as a “Zebra-stripe” effect. Knots and wormholes bring additional life to this closed grain wood species. Very large shrinkage during seasoning also.
NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WOOD
- Expect variations in wood grain patterns and density. These variations are a vital part of the beauty of natural wood. The same stain applied to two pieces of the same wood species may result in somewhat different appearances (especially when comparing solid wood to veneers).
- Color variations are caused by the assortment of minerals in the soil in which the tree was grown, rainfall, growing temperature, etc. All wood species can also exhibit sap runs, knots and pinholes in varying degrees.
- Color changes through time will occur when wood is exposed to all types of light (normal and man-made). It is the general nature of wood to darken over time, some species more than others. The finishing process does not hinder this aging process.
- Changes in heat and humidity. Wood is an organic material and will react to large and or rapid variations in these conditions, resulting in material reactions than can consist of, but are not limited to: warping, growth, shrinkage, splitting, checking, discoloration, separation at the joints and decomposition of the adhesives and finish materials.
- Because no two trees are exactly alike, the cabinets made for your kitchen or bath will have subtle variations from the showroom displays or samples on which you based your selections.
Brakur furnished all cabinets for our new home in River Forest. This involved a very large kitchen with a massive island, four full baths and a couple other cabinets. My rep at Brakur was very pleasant, professional and patient.
The project turned out great. The product is good and Brakur delivered well ahead of deadline. They stand prepared to resolve any tweeking or issues that are brought to their attention. There is no haggling. I would definitely work with Brakur again for custom cabinetry.
Denise Dibiase from River Forest, IL
“Thank you for your efforts and help in making a good selection on my cabinets to closely match the rest of my home. The cabinet stain color and style turned out beautiful. …thank you for your patience and making me a happy customer”.
Myriam from South Elgin, Illinois