Design Your Room

Design Your Room

Choosing a Wood

Where it all starts

Schrock’s innovative cabinet design process starts with our wood selection. As you know, no two trees are alike, therefore no two pieces of wood are the same, which results in unique variations of strength, versatility and appearance.  

Natural Hardwoods

The warmth and texture of hardwood provides a natural contrast to stainless steel and glass accents found in most kitchens. In addition to grain, wood exhibits defining characteristics such as mineral deposits, knots and sap runs that also contribute to its beauty, and are highlighted by stains and glazes.



  • Subtle grain pattern
  • Smooth, uniform appearance
  • Color may range from creamy white to pale reddish brown within a panel
  • May include tiny "BIRD'S EYE" DOTS and MINERAL STREAKS



  • Close-grained wood with fairly uniform texture, revealing pin knots and curly graining
  • Color may vary from tan blonde to deep brown within a panel
  • Cherry darkens naturally as it ages, blending hues from golden yellow to deep red



  • Very strong, open-grain pattern
  • Color may vary from salmon red to dark cinnamon within a panel
  • May include random WORM HOLES, MINERAL DEPOSITS, KNOTS and wild- grain patterns



  • Strong, dramatic grain pattern
  • Color may range from blonde to tobacco brown within a panel
  • Natural beauty enhance by random WORM HOLES and KNOTS


Rustic Hickory

  • Strong, dramatic grain pattern
  • Color may vary from nearly white to dark brown, with wild flowing grain patterns and dramatic color variations within a panel
  • Natural beauty enhance by fine uniform grain to LARGE KNOTS appearing black and brown in color of various shapes and sizes, sapwood, mineral and some checking
  • SOUND CLOSED KNOTS, SOUND KNOTS WITH CRACKS, OPEN KNOTS, UNSOUND KNOTS, WORM HOLES/PIN HOLES AND WORM TRACKS are all common with Rustic Hickory wood.  See Common Natural Characteristics below for more detail.


Alder and Rustic Alder

  • Rustic Alder doors can vary randomly from very rustic with HEARTWOOD, MINERAL DEPOSITS, pin holes and sound, cracked or OPEN KNOTS, to relatively clear and unmarked
  • Its appearance can range from pale red to reddish brown
  • Alder is a softer wood than maple and cherry and can dent relatively easily, but offers a stable surface for stain



  • Displays the precision of a paint
  • Durability of a laminate
  • Sensibility of those who care about creating a better environment - inside and outside their home

cabinet wood types


  • Sleek surface
  • Durable performance
  • Carefree maintenance
  • Lace color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions

cabinet wood types

Common Natural Characteristics

  • Bird Pecks – Small marks in the grain pattern caused by pecking birds
  • Burl – A swirl or twist in the grain of the wood that does not contain a knot
  • Sound Knot – A knot solid across its face, which shows no sign of decay
  • Sound Knot with Cracks - Expect sound knots with open cracks up to approximately 1" in length
  • Sound Closed Knot - (not moveable) - Expected up to approximately 3" in diameter
  • Unsound Knot – A circular area that once formed the base of a branch or twig
  • Open Knot - (through door) - Expected with open area up to approximately 3/4" in diameter.  NOTE:  3/4" diameter is about the size of a penny.  Holes created by open knots pass completely through the door and are desirable for a rustic look.
  • Worm Holes/Pin Holes – (can go through the door) - Can be expected up to 1/4" diameter
  • Worm Tracks - Can be expected in sizes up to approximately 1/8" wide by 8" long
  • Sugar Tracks – Yellowish to dark brownish streaks that run throughout the wood
  • Mineral Streaks – Streaks of color ranging from olive to blackish-brown typically following grain pattern
  • Gum Streaks – Mineral-like streaks of color naturally occurring only in Cherry
  • Heartwood – The mature, usually darker wood, extending from the sapwood to the center tissue
  • Sapwood – Lighter colored parts that grow from inside the bark to the heartwood