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SOLID HARDWOOD DOORS

...from Allegheny Wood Works, Inc.
10003 Railroad Street • Lake City, PA 16423 • Phone: (814) 774-7338 • Fax: (814) 774-8551 • E-mail: sales@solidhardwooddoors.com

Wood Specie Options and Descriptions

Welcome to the world of real wood products...solid, natural, warm, and beautiful. Since wood is a natural product no two pieces are exactly the same. Variations in color, texture and grain are what make solid wood products both beautiful and unique and is one reason why they have such appeal.

We are frequently asked about the hardness of the various species we offer. Reference our article, "How Hard is Hard? - How wood hardness is measured." You may find our article "Choosing and Caring for Your Hardwood Door" helpful in your selection process.

The small pictures and descriptions below offer an idea of the wood color and grain.

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Alder
Wood texture is smooth and fairly straight even grained. Some small pin knots exist where grain will form a beautiful swirl. Wood is slightly softer and lighter than other hardwoods. The wood color ranges from tan to a pale pinkish brown. Stains and finishes well to enhance its own grain beauty or as a substitute for cherry, mahogany or walnut.
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Alder (Knotty)
Same as Clear Alder with knots. Knots are brown to black and vary in size, shape and color.
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Ash
Wood texture is medium course with straight grain. It has an open grain so it remains semi-smooth after finishing. The wood color ranges from white to medium brown with distinctive grain. It stains well and can be stained as a substitute for oak.
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Birch (Natural)
Natural Birch has a white sapwood and light reddish brown heartwood. The wood is generally straight-grained with a fine uniform texture. Generally characterized by a plain and often curly or wavy pattern.
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Cherry
Wood texture is fine and smooth with straight grain. The wood color varies from white to pink to reddish brown. It will contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. The whiter sapwood is impossible to remove from the manufacturing process so the doors will contain it. It is recommended that a blending stain is used. Cherry stains well. The color will darken with age and on exposure to light.
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Rustic Cherry has the same wood characteristics as clear cherry with lots of added character. Knots, color variations, and mineral streaking has a unique rustic appearance.
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Sappy Cherry - the heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown and will darken with age and upon exposure to light. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white.
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Cherry (Brazilian)
Wood is open grained like oak, but is more than twice as hard and is very heavy. Wood is reddish brown with streaks of browns and black. Wood color will darken over time.
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Cypress
The sapwood of cypress is narrow and nearly white. The color of the heartwood varies widely, ranging from light yellowish brown to dark brownish red. The overall color tends to be hues of honey color. Cypress readily accepts paint and stains, although many people select cypress for the natural appeal of its honey-like hues, which can be maintained with a clear coat varnish. Cypress is an excellent exterior entry door choice due to its resistance to decay and insects.
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Hickory
Wood texture is coarse and relatively straight grain. The wood is very hard and varies in color from brown to light brown to white. This color variation will create a calico look.
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Rustic Hickory has the same wood characteristics as clear hickory with lots of added character. Knots, color variations, and mineral streaking has a unique rustic appearance.
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Maple (Soft)
Similar to hard maple and only slightly less hard. The wood color is fairly white to grayish white and can range to reddish brown. Wood can contain brown flecking and some brown streaks. Used for its own beauty, as a less expensive substitute for other species such as cherry. Dark stains may appear blotchy or uneven on maple.
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Maple (Hard)
Wood texture is fine with the grain generally uniform and straight, but can be "curly" or "wavy". It has a closed grain that sands smooth. The wood color is fairly white with tan hues and can have some brown streaks.
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Maple (Pacific Coast)
The wood is fine grained with grain patterns similar to birch and cherry. The wood color is a pale-pinkish color. Stains and finishes well to different shades and is often used as a substitute for cherry.
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Maple (Rustic)
Rustic Maple doors have significant color variation from white to grey/black streak lines to reddish brown bands.
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Mahogany (African)
Wood texture is smooth. The wood color ranges from yellowish to darker reddish brown. Mahogany turns darker with exposure to sunlight. It stains and finishes very well. Its stability and natural resistance to rot and decay make it an excellent choice for exterior doors.
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Mahogony (Sapele)
The heartwood of Sapele Mahogany is red-brown or purple-brown color; The sapwood is gray-pink or cream in color.
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Pine (White)
The heartwood of the eastern white pine is pale brown, with occasional reddish brown streaks. The sapwood, which makes up most of the tree, is a pale yellow/white color.
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Pine (Knotty White)
Same as Clear White Pine with knots that vary in shape and size.
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Poplar
Wood texture is fine to medium with straight grain. The wood color varies widely from white to green with areas of pale brown, olive green and deep purple. Poplar's price and smooth texture makes it excellent for painting. The wood does stain well and most of the dark greens and purples can be removed in the manufacturing process for a "stain grade door". "Stain Grade" will still contain white and green wood so darker stains work better.
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Red Oak
Texture is medium with grain that is both straight and cathedraled. It has an open grain so it remains semi-smooth after finishing. The wood color ranges from pale reddish to light brown with distinctive grain. It stains well and evenly to numerous shades with the grain becoming more pronounced with stain.
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Rustic Red Oak has the same wood characteristics as clear red oak with lots of added character. Knots, color variations, and mineral streaking has a unique rustic appearance.
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Red Oak (Quartersawn)
Quarter Sawn Red Oak heartwood runs from a light tan to pink with a reddish tinge. Quarter Sawn Red Oak is the same species of wood as Plain Sawn Red Oak only the lumber is obtained in a different way.
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Spanish Cedar
Extremely durable, this wood ranges from a pale pinkish brown to a dark reddish brown that darkens over time. Natural characteristics include tiny pin knots, gum pockets, and a unique fragrance. Excellent choice for exterior doors due to natural resistance to rot and decay, the natural oils in this wood are an effective insect repellent. Paints, stains and finishes well.
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Walnut
The wood is generally straight grained but has wavy and curly patterns. The wood color varies from white to dark brown. The wood is steamed during the drying process to blend the darker and lighter areas. Areas of light colored wood remains. Stains and finishes well.
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White Oak
Similar to Red Oak but slightly heavier and smoother. The wood color varies from light to medium dark brown. It can be stained to a wide range of finish tones. Its natural resistance to rot makes it a good choice for exterior doors.
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Rustic White Oak has the same wood characteristics as clear white oak with lots of added character. Knots, color variations, and mineral streaking has a unique rustic appearance.
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White Oak (Quartersawn)
Quarter Sawn White Oak is the same species of wood as Plain Sawn White Oak only the lumber is obtained in a different way.
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