Natural Wood Expectations
Natural Characteristics of Wood
are an Integral Part of the Charm and Beauty of Real Wood.
Legacy uses natural wood and wood by-products to create what we like to call “America’s Best Cabinet Value.”
Wood grain is a product of nature, and much like a fingerprint, no two grain patterns are ever exactly alike. This individualism is one of the most appealing factors of wood products. Soil and climate affect the growth characteristics of wood. The finest hardwoods have certain natural characteristics that cannot be hidden with a finishing process.
These characteristics occur due to the fact that wood is a natural product and is affected by weather, climate, insects, birds, soil makeup, and natural growth patterns. These characteristics are apparent and are not to be misinterpreted as defects. Wood is a product of nature – and as such will display natural characteristics and variances that are unique to each and every cut. These characteristics are an integral part of the charm and beauty of real wood – no two pieces are alike.
The natural occurrence of expansion and contraction may also affect your doors, drawers, and face frames. Expansion and contraction in doors, drawers, and face frames can also open a joint line. The finish will still protect the surface, and the structural integrity of the joint will not be affected. When purchasing painted (opaque) finishes, keep in mind that the natural occurrence of expansion and contraction greatly affects the overall look of the wood products. Because of this, it is perfectly normal to experience some separation at joints in wood. Although we take every precaution to minimize this, it is completely natural. It is recommended that a humidity control system is incorporated into a home to reduce the possibility of expansion and contraction in wood products.
Door panels are prone to minor expansion and contraction as seasonal temperature and humidity changes occur in a home. The contraction or shrinkage of the center door panel during low humidity periods may result in the appearance of an unfinished line along the edge of the center panel. It is recommended that a humidity control system is incorporated into a home to reduce the possibility of expansion and contraction in wood products. Touch-up markers are made available to cover this edge line. Often times touch-up may only be necessary within the first year.
The natural occurrence of expansion and contraction may also affect your doors, drawers, and face frames. In some cases doors may warp for a period of time until the home has incorporated its humidity control system. Special hinges are available to readjust some of the warpage out of the door until the humidity control system has regulated the environment. Remember, proper initial care and maintenance will insure a lifetime of beauty and enjoyment your new cabinets.
End grains appear darker, as the stain is absorbed more due to the softness of the wood. This is most commonly seen on the Mortise and Tenon jointed doors. This is a natural reaction when the stain is applied, This is not a deemed as a defect.
An olive or greenish-black or brown discoloration of undetermined cause in hardwoods, commonly caused by minerals which the tree extracts from the soil, or other injuries that occurred during the growth process. This is common in many types of wood products.
Wood continue to age in your home. Some wood products like Cherry will darken faster than others. For those who appreciate the unique features that wood products offer, This transformation will continue to bring rich lusters to the product as time moves forward.
Our stain finishes are semi-transparent to enhance the natural beauty and character of our products. While we offer an extensive range of stains and color tones, color may vary based on the underlying wood products.