Wooden Door Selection

An important choice in selecting a species

Wood doors are made of natural hardwood, which are stained or painted, and finished with a topcoat to protect the natural beauty. Within wood doors, you can get either solid wood, or veneer, which is a thin slice of wood applied to a furniture board or plywood core. Laminates are made of melamine, and thermofoils are made with vinyl, and are both available in either solid colors or wood grains.

Note: The Janka Hardness scale is a method of determining the hardness of the wood. As an example of the softest wood, Alder has a Janka Hardness number of 590. At the top of the scale is Brazilian Walnut with a Janka number of 3680. All the woods listed below fall somewhere in between.

Natural variations in hardwoods that both define and enhance the wood’s nature and beauty are:


  • Variations in the grain
  • Pitch Pockets
  • Pin Holes
  • Knots
  • Color variations which are immediate, and which can change over time.




  • Janka Hardness of 995
  • Tan blonde to deep brown with distinct, varied grain and pitch pockets
  • Darkens and reddens with age, blending hues from golden yellow to deep red




  • Janka Hardness of 1450
  • Creamy White to pale reddish brown with a subtle grain pattern
  • Color turns more golden yellow over time




  • Janka Hardness of 590
  • Color range is from pale red to red-brown
  • Maintains color well, yellows slightly over time
  • Rustic Alder contains streaks, pinholes, and knots




  • Janka Hardness of 1290
  • Color is salmon red to dark cinnamon
  • Can be Rift Cut or Quarter Sawn for consistent grain, or plain sawn for a wild grain
  • Maintains color well over time




  • Janka Hardness of 830
  • Color is golden brown to red, grain pattern is distinct, with fine, darker striations
  • Can be Ribbon Cut for consistent grain or plain sawn for wild grain
  • Darkens and goldens over time




  • Janka Hardness of 1010
  • Color is a light to darker brown with a mild grain
  • Brightens to golden brown naturally




  • Janka Hardness variable
  • Color is light tan with many color and grain variations.
  • Lyptus wood can be stained to a rich, dark color as seen in our Showroom Lyptus Kitchen.
  • Lyptus wood is a sustainable and renewable wood.
  • Eucalyptus wood is a green choice that also offers rich warmth and a grain structure that brings fine mahogany to mind.
  • Lyptus wood can be stained to a dark rich color, as in our showroom display, or stained a lighter shade.




  • Janka Hardness of 1180
  • Fast growing grass, fairly lightweight
  • Sustainable and renewable wood product.
  • Color is light yellow with darker brown accents, available in a straight grain.




  • Janka Hardness variable
  • Very hard wood with extreme color variation




  • Uses a reconstituted recycled wood product for a very consistent grain
  • Veneers can be are stained to emulate endangered wood species




  • Available through custom manufacturers