What to expect

End-grain on wooden cabinet door

End grain

End grain will be noticeable on edges of our cabinetry where the wood is cut across the growth rings. End grain surfaces are also softer in composition which causes it to absorb more stain and often appear darker.

Mineral deposit on wooden structure
Mineral deposit on wooden structure
Mineral deposit on wooden structure

Mineral deposits

Mineral deposits are natural occurring deposits that may appear lighter or darker when stain is applied. These deposits add character to the wood and is often considered to be an asset to the aesthetic of the material. 

Joint line split on a white bed face

Joint lines

Wood (especially solid wood) will expand and contract which may cause small finish splits where two pieces come together. These joint lines are typically only visible on painted projects and will not weaken or lessen the strength of the joints. 

Wood knot on a bed face rail
Wood knot on a bed face rail

Wood knots

Knots are a common and naturally occurring phenomenon in real wood material. Many customers value knots as a desirable feature in the wood.

Wood knot on a bed face rail

Wood Splits

Splits occur occasionally in wood material, such as the stiles and rails of doors and/or drawer fronts.  This will not affect the structural integrity of the bed.       

Other Factors

Show through or Telegraphing happens when the natural pattern of wood shows through the finished surface of wooden furniture. These usually appear as lines, grain, knots, or mineral streaks. On painted surfaces, depending on the wood species, these natural characteristics of wood may still be seen. Painted Red Oak, for example would have much more show through than maple due to its natural characteristics of being "grainy".