Pine Cabinet Doors are Beautiful and Functional

Pine trees are emblems of the southern United States and loom large in the folklore of the region.  From the genus Pinus, pine trees are coniferous trees from the monotypic subfamily Pinoideae and generally comprise 115-125 species around the world.

Pines are one of the most widespread varieties of plants on the globe, making habitats in temperate, subtropical and tropical climates.  They are most prolific in the northern hemisphere, however, with the greatest range of species in California and Mexico.  Pines are evergreen plants, producing cones, resin and wood pulp that is very commercially important in many regions.  Because they grow in acidic soil and are so pervasive and renewable, pines are important and relatively cheap compared to other woods.

Pine produces a soft wood.  Pine cabinet doors are a very popular due to their cost, beauty and reputation.  US Customized Finishes produces knotty pine cabinet doors for sale for new cabinet installations, refacing and remodeling.  “Knotty” refers to the knots in the grain of the wood.  These knots give Knotty pine cabinet doors a rustic charm.

In addition to its knotty pine and other unfinished wood cabinet doors, US Customized Finishes also manufactures MDF doors with thermofoil wood grain finishes.

December 7th, 2009 | Posted in Thermofoil cabinet doors, Unfinished Wood Products | Comments Off

Hickory Cabinet Doors are Durable and Beautiful

Hickory wood comes from the hickory tree (genus “Carya”), derived from the ancient Greek word for “nut”.  Hickory is a deciduous tree comprising 17-20 species, including approximately 14 which are native to North America.  Hickory trees produce a large nut about 1-3 inches in diameter.  If you have ever parked underneath a hickory tree, then you learned never to do so again as the nuts frequently fall and can leave hailstone-like divots in an automobile’s skin.  Small yellow catkin flowers are produced by hickory trees in the spring.

Hickory cabinet doors are very durable and strong because hickory wood is extremely hard, dense and shock resistant.  The grains of hickory cabinet doors vary widely in shape and color.  Accordingly, hickory wood is generally not selected for cabinet doors solely because of color. 

US Customized Finishes manufactures hickory cabinet doors as well as many other species of unfinished doors and moldings.  Because of the strength and durability of hickory wood, it is used in many other applications like tool handles, baseball bats, and wood flooring.

Hickory drawer fronts and moldings are also available to complement your overall design scheme.   Whether the doors are stained or painted, hickory cabinet doors are a wonderful choice.

US Customized Finishes also manufactures MDF thermofoil doors in a variety of woodgrain finishes.

November 11th, 2009 | Posted in MDF cabinet doors, Thermofoil cabinet doors, Unfinished Wood Products | Comments Off

European Beech Cabinet Doors

European Beech (Fagus sylvatica), also known as Common Beech, is a deciduous tree belonging to the beech family.  The tree is native to northern and western Europe from Scandinavia to Turkey.  European Beech is grown in tall, humid mountainous forests, making it dense and short-grained.  It is easy to work with and is used in furniture and cabinet applications.  It is an extremely hard wood that is also used in structural supports.  The wood is not native to North America, though it grows somewhat in Asia.  European Beech are large trees that can grow as high as 140 feet tall.

European Beech cabinet doors range from red to brown in color and are very durable.  Beech cabinet doors are attractive, durable and easily finished.  US Customized Finishes manufactures European Beech cabinet doors as well as many other species of unfinished doors and moldings.  We manufacture cabinet doors that are uniform in color and grain matched for consistent beauty.  US Customized Finishes also manufactures MDF cabinet doors with a variety of thermofoil finishes.

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

November 11th, 2009 | Posted in Unfinished Wood Products | 4 Comments »

Basswood Cabinet Doors

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.

October 28th, 2009 | Posted in Kitchen cabinet doors, Unfinished Wood Products | 9 Comments »

Thermofoil Cabinet Doors of 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.

October 23rd, 2009 | Posted in MDF cabinet doors, Raised Panel doors, Thermofoil cabinet doors | Comments Off

Cherry Wood Cabinet Doors a Great Refacing Option

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.

October 22nd, 2009 | Posted in MDF cabinet doors, Thermofoil cabinet doors, Unfinished Wood Products | Comments Off

Ash Wood Cabinet Doors are Beautiful

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.

October 20th, 2009 | Posted in Unfinished Wood Products | 11 Comments »

Alder Cabinet Doors are Attractive and Durable

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.

October 16th, 2009 | Posted in Unfinished Wood Products | Comments Off

MDF Cabinet Doors

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.

October 4th, 2009 | Posted in MDF cabinet doors | 5 Comments »