Compare Wood Species


<<Douglas Fir

The texture of this softwood is smooth with a straight, even grain and knots that create beautiful swirl patterns. This wood is a light, rosy color that is set off by its remarkably straight and handsome grain pattern. It will tend to “redden” over time when exposed to light and it paints easily and can hold all types of stains and finishes. A popular choice for front doors, as it naturally resists weathering.


Western Hemlock>>

This wood features a fine-textured, straight-grained appearance. It is light and bright in color, varying from a creamy, nearly white to a light, straw-red color. Sometimes hemlock may have a slight lavender cast, especially around the knots and in the transition area between the spring and summerwood growth rings. While wood darkens over time with exposure to sunlight, hemlock often remains true to its original, freshly milled pastel color. It also accepts stain and paint well.


<<Eastern White Knotty Pine

Pine will darken and yellow with age, adding character and charm. Distinct color variations occur and the grain can appear straight or erratic depending on how it is cut from the log. It machines to a fine, smooth finish and easily accepts lighter stains and paint. Staining is recommended to achieve a uniform appearance because pine naturally contains resins that can affect penetration.



One of the less expensive hardwood species and often referred to as “affordable cherry.” This wood species is a smooth, fine-grained wood with a relatively smooth texture. It is mostly light in color, but it also features dramatic color variation. Applying darker stained finishes or painted finishes to the wood will help minimize these color shifts. This wood is moderately soft, easy to work with and takes paint well.



Maple is a hard, strong wood with a smooth texture and uniform grain, a dense hardwood that has a prolonged life. The grain is fine and is similar to birch and cherry. It may exhibit random darker streaks and occasional birds-eye or worm track patterns. Over time, maple will mellow in color due to natural exposure to light and air. Traditionally used for interior applications.


Red Oak>>

This hardwood is one of the most popular species used today. Oak is renowned for its dramatically pronounced grain pattern. This pattern varies from tight, vertical grain to a beautifully arched pattern. This wood may also feature pin knots and mineral streaks. Very durable and strong, oak accepts stains evenly and is easy to work with.



While usually recognized by its darker tone, cherry can be stained in a variety of shades. It features a smooth texture with fine, straight and close grain. Occasionally, thin gum pockets and small clusters of pin knots are visible. These character marks, along with random blonde streaks of sapwood, add a distinctive quality to the wood. Cherry will darken over time with exposure to light and contains minuscule pith marks as identifiers.


Knotty Alder>>

A popular species today because of its pronounced grain and uniform texture. This versatile wood species features a fairly straight grain with areas of burl clusters and small knots. These marks add character and will provide a darker texture and color when finished. Alder varies from pale yellow to reddish brown and it accepts stains exceptionally well. It is also the lightest and least dense. Knotty Alder presents a more rustic look. When stained, alder blends well with walnut, mahogany and cherry.


<<Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is valued for its warm, cinnamon hues. Doors made of this wood provide a stunning visual complement in homes with red cedar decks, siding or shingles.



A durable and beautiful Ash door is the perfect way to create an All-American appeal in your home. Its pale-brown color and straight grain recall the look of classic home furnishings.




<<White Birch

Widely used in woodworking projects, White Birch has a light-toned color reminiscent of maple. It accepts a range of stains and paints to fit a multitude of home styles.



Hickory is synonymous with toughness. This wood is a relatively smooth hardwood with prominent grain. It has a dramatic color variation which can be minimized with darker stains and paint finishes. The heartwood is tan or reddish while the sapwood is white to cream with fine brown lines. This wood features a closed grain with moderate definition and is rough textured.


<<Quarter Sawn Red Oak

Fashionable for Arts and Crafts style furniture, this wood is produced with a unique cutting technique for a straight, tight grain. Eye-catching patterns add to its attractiveness in doors.


Black Locust>>

Black Locust is one of North America’s most durable hardwoods and is naturally decay-resistant, making it an excellent choice for exterior doors. Coloring is pale, yellowish-brown.




<<Nootka Cypress

Also known as Alaskan Yellow Cedar, this wood has long been prized by native peoples of the North. Nootka Cypress has a uniform color and straight grain for a fine, smooth finish.




Popular for European-styled interiors, Sapele hardwood has a tight grain and reddish-brown color. The distinctive patterns created by the wood’s varied colors and graining make for an eye-catching door.



Bamboo’s warmth and richness match a wide-range of home styles, from modern to retro. With a textile-like surface appearance, bamboo doors complement cabinets, floors and furnishings for an integrated home design.



One of the more beautiful and expensive species, walnut is a dense hardwood that is fairly porous. The color varies from a rich, dark brown to black with purple undertones. Because of the way it grows, the heartwood of the walnut tree grows darker than the sapwood on the outer rings. Walnut features attractive blonde sapwood streaks within the darker tones and it generally has a straight grain with occasional waves or curls.


<<Ponderosa Pine

Honey-toned Ponderosa Pine is a natural choice for classic Americana. From log homes to Santa Fe adobes to contemporary interiors, it speaks to relaxation and homeliness. Ponderosa Pine takes a range of finishes well.


African Mahogany>

One of the most recognizable species and is typically used for the finest furniture and cabinetry. Its color ranges from reddish brown to a deep, rich red and it stains well for a superior finish. The wood displays a prominent growth ring figure, with grain that is straight or interlocked. This wood offers less expansion and contraction than most other hardwoods. Mahogany is open grained so it needs grain filler when finishing.