Archive for October, 2009

Basswood Cabinet Doors

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Basswood, also known as Tilia, is a great wood for cabinet doors.  Basswood is a genus that includes approximately 30 tree species. Basswood is native throughout most of the Northern hemisphere, including North America, though it is not native to western North America.  Basswood are deciduous trees and are also known as “lime” or “linden” in Europe. Basswood trees are large trees that can grow as high as 140 feet tall.

Basswood cabinet doors have little grain and are durable. The wood’s nature is softer and easily worked. The color of Basswood is creamy to light brown with some dark streaks. There are many uses for Basswood, including use in guitar bodies and furniture. Basswood cabinet doors are attractive, durable and easily finished. US Customized Finishes manufactures Basswood cabinet doors as well as many other species of unfinished doors and moldings.

Basswood doors, moldings and drawer fronts are an attractive option for re-facing or refinishing cabinets.

Thermofoil Cabinet Doors of 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard.  MDF  is a highly compacted, durable form of particle board that can be painted, primed or finished with vinyl or thermofoil for use in furniture or cabinetry.

One of the most common applications for MDF is use in cabinet doors.  MDF cabinet doors, drawer fronts and moldings can be finished to look like real wood at a fraction of the cost.  One piece MDF cabinet doors are an option for durability and function.   Five piece MDF cabinet doors are a more authentic and crafted style that captures the carpentry of real wood. 

Painted MDF cabinet doors are manufactured by applying several layers of paint in thin coats to achieve a European style look.

Vinyl, laminate and thermofoiled MDF cabinet doors are another option.   Most thermofoil finishes are available with matching melamine backs from DixieLam, Roseburg or other suppliers. 

US Customized Finishes carries the following vinyls:  Almond, Alpine White, Antique, Backwoods Sycamore, Bisque, Black Cherry, Black, Brandy Fruitwood, Candlelight Apple, Cherrywood, Chocolate Apple, Espresso, Frosty White, Fashion Gray, Fusion Maple, Fusion X, Grand Cherry, Hard Rock Maple, Mocha, Mahogany Impressions, Pear, Sanibel Maple, Secret, Serene Cherry, Smooth White, Solar Oak, Spiced Fruitwood, White Ash, Wild Apple and Wild Cherry.

Cherry Wood Cabinet Doors a Great Refacing Option

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Cherry wood is a popular American hardwood.  Prized for its reddish brown, rich color, cherry is a premium wood for furniture and cabinets.  Cherry has a warm glow and a natural luster.  Cherry trees (Prunus Serotina) are found throughout Canada and North America.

Cherry cabinet doors from US Customized Finishes are the highest quality doors available.  US Customized Finishes manufactures Cherry cabinet doors as well as many other species of unfinished wood doors and moldings

The cherry cabinet doors are unfinished, but are sanded and ready for staining at your location.   Please be aware that exposure to sunlight could cause wood to darken and reveal darker reddish brown tones.  We match grain and color to reach an attractive wood mix.  Sometimes, cherry may contain sapwood (white wood from other parts of the log).  Gum pockets are a natural characteristic of cherry.

US Customized Finishes also manufactures MDF thermofoil doors in a variety of cherry finishes including Serene Cherry, Black Cherry, Wild Cherry and Grand Cherry vinyls.    See our foil color chart for more information.

Ash Wood Cabinet Doors are Beautiful

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Ash (Fraxinus) is a lightly colored wood that can sometimes be confused with oak.  The name comes from the color of the bark, which is similar to ash, but can be creamy to light brown, with dark streaks.   

Ash wood cabinet doors are functional, attractive and durable.  US Customized Finishes manufactures ash cabinet doors as well as many other species of unfinished doors and moldings.  

Ash wood sometimes includes burl and pin knots which make for a rustic look.  Ash doors, moldings and drawer fronts are an attractive option for re-facing or refinishing cabinets.

Alder Cabinet Doors are Attractive and Durable

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Alder is a light red to brownish wood from a deciduous tree in the birch family.  The grains of this wood are fine and tight and it is easily sanded and finished.  Alder is environmentally friendly cabinet wood because it is renewable and fast-growing.  Many stainable grades are available.  It grows throughout North and South America from the Rockies to the Andes down to Chile.

Alder wood cabinet doors are attractive, functional and durable.  US Customized Finishes manufactures alder cabinet doors as well as many other species of unfinished doors and moldings.  Rustic Alder is also available from US Customized Finishes.

Alder often includes burl and pin knots which lend a rustic charm.  Alder doors, moldings and drawer fronts are an attractive option for refacing or refinishing cabinets.

MDF Cabinet Doors

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Cabinet doors are often made of solid wood or medium density fiberboard (MDF). Solid wood cabinet doors are self explanatory.  MDF doors are more complicated.  The MDF used to make a cabinet door can be painted, primed or thermofoiled.  Finishing MDF with thermofoil is the most common method of producing MDF cabinet doors.  Thermofoil products are often called: “thermofoil”, “foiled”, “laminate” or “vinyl”.   Thermofoil products are manufactured by applying a layer of PVC vinyl to MDF board using heat, vacuum pressure, and high-quality, catalyzed glue. A membrane press is used to fuse the vinyl onto the cabinet door, molding or drawer front.  The types of thermofoil designs and patterns run the gamut from solid white to woodgrain.   Whether one wants thermofoil for their kitchen, closet, bathroom, garage or bedroom, MDF thermofoiled doors are very durable and economical.  US Customized Finishes manufactures MDF thermofoil doors, carrying over 30 thermofoil colors.  Many of these colors come with  melamine backs matching the foil color.