Exotic hardwoods for cabinetry come with their own natural characteristics that give the wood personality. Types of natural characteristics that you may find on exotic wood cabinetry are:
- Black Streaks - hardwoods from Central America tend to have pronounced streaks that look like sharpie marks at times. They can run from tiger stripes to curly flames.
- Animalistic Figure - You might sometimes see animal eyes and bodies throughout the figure of exotic wood cabinetry.
- Burl - tight swirls and compressed swings in the wood. This part brings the most concentration in the wood creating healthy knots and curls.
- Sound Knot - A knot solid across its face, which shows no indication of decay.
- Unsound Knot - A pith center from a circular area that once was the base of a branch.
- Wormholes - Holes in the wood from insects ranging in size to 1/16".
- Check marks - faint but thick single lines that appear closest to the heartwood.
- Gum Streaks - Mineral-like streaks of color naturally occurring only in Jatoba.
- Heartwood - The wood nearest to the pith of the log which is darker in color and tighter in grain.
- Sapwood - White to Ivory colored parts of the wood that grow from inside the bark of a tree. Usually on the edges.
What is guaranteed from exotic wood cabinetry is the wild figure that you can get out of it, depending on the species of course. If you want some radical figuring and don't mind spending a lot of cash, you may want to try the following species of exotic wood cabinetry:
- Cocobolo Rosewood (Dalbergia Retusa)
- Ziricote (Cordia Dodecandra)
- Honduran Rosewood (Dalbergia Stevensonii)
- Amazon Rosewood (Dalbergia Spruceana)
- Panama Rosewood (Dalbergia Tucurensis)
- Bocote (Cordia Gerascanthus)
You may also get radical figuring from less expensive exotic woods. It is harder to get the intense figuring from these moderately priced species, but the quality and durability are unmatched by domestic hardwood cabinetry. Here are some affordable species of exotic woods that you may use on your kitchen cabinetry:
- Granadillo (Platymiscium Yucatanum)
- MonkeyPod (Samanea Saman)
- Macacauba (Platymiscium Pinnatum)
- Tigerwood (Astronium Graveolens)
- Peruvian Walnut (Juglans Olanchana)
- Tropical Mahogany (Swietenia Humilis)
- Jatoba (Hymenaea Courbaril)
These wonderful hardwoods for cabinetry, moderately priced, would bring elegance to any kitchen with the combination of any type of flooring and/or counter-top. Wood cabinets go with any type of material on your kitchen; metal, aluminum, slate, tile, marble, and even ceramic. Using exotic wood cabinetry would just bring out the best in any kitchen atmosphere. Use it in Modern, Victorian, Art Deco, Rustic, Old World, Contemporary, Neoclassical, Asian, Biedermeier, and more kitchen styles of your choosing. Tigerwood and Tropical Mahogany are generously striped exotic woods, but heavy per volume. A favorite for carpenters and the customers has been Granadillo; a light-weight rose-like smelling exotic wood that makes eye-popping kitchen cabinets. Not only is the visual appeal of this wood out of this World, the aroma that it will leave your kitchen is woodsy and sweet like caramel.
To get the best figure out of your cabinets, make sure that the carpenter uses book-matched blanks for the cabinet covers. This will provide you with a natural drawing that will leave you speechless. Now.., not all pieces of wood come with radical figure; most carpenters prefer to work with quarter-sawn (straight lines) wood that tends to be more manageable than slab-sawn (figured) wood and less prone to decay. The sap part of the wood should be used on the outer edges or the center of the cabinet blanks. Placing screws on the sapwood is a bad idea.
XTRM Construction has been a long time associate of various exotic wood suppliers in Central America, making us the go-to company for wooden kitchen remodeling. Our team of carpenters can make your kitchen with any type of wood and at your most precise measurements. With professionals in wood working on your kitchen, there is no need to worry, satisfaction is a guarantee. Call us today if you're interested in having your kitchen remodeled with one of these exotic woods for cabinetry!