wood material

Made from Real Wood

Our doors are made from real wood, not MDF! But what is MDF? MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard and is made by grinding wood fibers into a pulp then adding wax and chemical binders. MDF contains urea formaldehyde (UF) which is toxic and harmful to landfills. It is not as strong as real wood and ply material therefore we do not use it in the construction of our products

Strength test: MDF vs. Real Wood

The reason we use Real Wood

paint grade

Paint Grade

Made from finger-jointed pine, paint grade is the least expensive material supplied. Paint grade comes with a thin coat of primer from the supplier. Units shipped unfinished may need more coats of primer as the joints are glued and sanded smooth during assembly which removes some of the primer. We do not apply a primer for DIY finishes. Less as dense as other woods we provide, paint grade scratches and dents easily.

Paint grade does not take stain.

Not available on mirror doors

clear pine

Pine

Also known as Pine Select has very few, if any knots and can be painted or stained (with the use of softwood conditioner). Pine is very soft and scratches and/ or dents easily. Pine Select is somewhat inexpensive and for the most part, is readily available.

​Not available on mirror doors

poplar board

Poplar

Poplar is denser than pine or paint grade but is still considered softwood. Poplar accepts paint very well. Variations in the natural pigment of poplar range from light to dark green, dark brownish green, and sometimes purple. Because of the natural variations found in poplar maintaining consistency when using stain can be difficult. Poplar is readily available but slightly more expensive than pine. 

(ply materials are not available in poplar, the plywood body of our doors is supplemented with birch or maple, the trim & face frame components are made from poplar)

knotty alder wood

Alder

Sometimes referred to as Knotty Alder is a relative of Birch*. Alder has a reddish-brown tint with a fairly straight grain pattern. Knots and checks are common with Alder, so people looking for a rustic looking door choose Alder. Alder, because of the rustic knotty look, doesn't accept paint all that well but does look very good stained and can be clear coated see below*.

 

*(ply materials not available in Alder other than MDF we do not use MDF, plywood used is supplemented with birch, trim/ face frame components are made from Alder. A slight variation can be expected with Birch & Alder especially when clear coating)

Red Oak board

Our collections

Oak is an extremely hard, readily available, and dense hardwood that has very few if any knots. Oak has uniform grain patterns and stains extremely well. Oak has very porous wide open grain patterns therefore Oak Does Not Accept Paint and is better stained or clear coated.

Maple wood

Maple

Maple is commonly known for two different types, Soft or Hard Maple, we use soft maple because it is readily available and is easier to work with than hard maple. Maple is fairly dense, has a smooth tight grain pattern making it excellent for painting. Maple is very strong and doesn't dent or scratch as easy as pine or poplar. Maple has fine grain patterns and even colors throughout making it perfect for woodworking projects & cabinet making. Maple takes stain extremely well. Maple can be stained to look like other more expensive wood like hickory, walnut, or cherry.

Recap

Solid wood is used in the construction of all of our products which is included for the faceframes, jambs, threshold, header, crown, and case molding. Cabinet grade plywood is used on the bookcase sides, fixed, and adjustable shelving.