Maple Kitchen Doors
Just like any wood species, maple doors for kitchen cabinets come in several styles. I’ve hopefully saved you some legwork by snagging some manufacturer’s maple door pictures and posting them here. I’ll try to explain some points of interest as we go…
Here’s a door from a company local to me. Young Furniture Mfg in Bow New Hampshire makes unfinished cabinetry. I’ve mentioned them before (in this article about plywood vs. solid wood kitchen cabinet sides ), both because I know the people there and because I think they make a really solid cabinet. This is their Franklin door style. They make maple kitchen doors in the Franklin style, more specifically the wood is Red Maple. This image is a good example of what maple looks like in it’s unfinished state. Maple kitchen doors are rarely one giant piece, but several pieces of maple glued together. There are five pieces in this maple door, and even though the grain varies some (the second one in from the left is much more open than the rest) the color of maple doors is pretty consistent.
This is another natural maple door, but this time there’s a bit of style to it. Again, being natural, there isn’t a whole lot off difference in the maple pieces used to build the kitchen door. This is a Bertch Custom door, called Brentwood3. Bertch makes maple kitchen doors in each of their lines, Custom, Legacy (a semi-custom line), Bath (they started out making bathroom cabinets), and Marketplace.
Here is a door that I’m pretty familiar with… Timberlake’s Wyoming maple door. I’m familiar because this is what’s in my own kitchen. I have this actual color as well, Spice. There was an ordering mistake at the lumber yard where I got them (someone’s kitchen was ordered twice) and my kitchen design was able to use up most of their excess. I am thrilled with these doors. I’m not a big fan of arch door styles, but if I focus on the base cabinets, and the fact that I have maple kitchen doors now, I’m happy. I used to have oak cathedral cabinets. If you’ve read around the site at all, you know how much of an oak fan I am. Bleah. These maple kitchen doors have held up well, despite two children who are allowed to ride tricycles in the house. Again, the grains are very consistent, and any color variations in these maple kitchen doors are subdued by the stain. The small sap streaks and knots are noticable, but really add some character.
Diamond is a division of Masterbrand. This is their Selena maple door, but there are probably identical doors in other lines (with different names) like Schrock or Thomasville. I picked one of their maple doors in a darker finish, just to show how the grain looks. This effect varies from door to door, but everything looks very uniform here. Whoever picked the wood for this maple door did a great job as it’s very hard to see the seams. Look a few pixels in from the right on the square raised panel though, and you can still see a difference. Again, this is less evident in some of the darker stains on maple doors, but looks fine in a kitchen. I guess if you need absolutely uniform colors, get painted maple doors. Either that or pay for a custom cabinet maker who will select stock that closely matches before even beginning construction on the cabinets. Being a lover of maple, it’s hard for me to be unbiased.
It’s been five years now since I moved into my house, and I still just sit and look at the cabinets sometimes. I just love maple. Speaking of maple, I think Maple Sunday is in a couple of weeks; I’ve seen the trees tapped for a month and the sap houses lit up at night… Mmmmm.