There are nearly 300 varieties of oak throughout the world. At least 50 varieties grow in North America. Most oak is divided into one of two types or families: white oak and red oak. White oak tends to be less porous and more durable. It is believed by many to have a better color than red oak, and for this reason it is often preferred for furniture and kitchen cabinets. White oak has a finer texture and a more prominent figure. It is more resistant to moisture and fungus. This is a major reason oak kitchen cabinets are so popular. Red oak tends to have a reddish cast and a coarser texture.
Believe it or not, there are some folk out there who do not appreciate the beauty and the richness of red oak wood and there are some people out there who really don't appreciate oak wood at all. But I'm not one of them and over the years I have come to love and revere oak wood in general and particularly red oak wood. In this article I am going to give you a step by step guide to help you stain and varnish your red oak cabinets. I will be focusing on new cabinets but the same procedures are in order for existing red oak cabinets with the exception being that all existing coatings on your cabinets must be completely removed before you can re-stain them. Once again, I cannot stress this point enough; all previous coatings-stains, urethane, paints and primers must be totally removed from your cabinets before you can begin your re-staining and re-varnishing system.
The open grained hardwood is very strong and the color ranges from white to salmon pink. The natural texture is coarse with straight grained wood. Different oaks can have variations in grains, knots and color. Some oaks possess colorful streaks of gold, black and green mineral deposits and are beautiful to behold. Oak kitchen cabinets are finished in a long 11 stepped process. The flame shaped patterns of grains are wonderfully enhanced when the finishing coat is applied. Since cabinets set the tone of any kitchen, oak kitchen cabinet is a perfect choice.
Oak cabinets stand out for their unique luster and beauty. A traditional oak cabinet projects a clear basic glaze and helps to brighten up any room and hence is the favorite of contractors. Traditional kitchen cabinets are unique for its strong grain, knotting and beautiful texture. Oak is a durable hardwood commonly grown in North America. Oak cabinets are affordable due to the abundance of the wood and an average one costs around $3000. A prominent feature of the hardwood is the lasting quality and hence is very popular. The classical honey cathedral oak cabinet never fades from style.
Oak kitchen cabinets can be a great addition to any new or existing one. Many homes are constructed with a lower grade wood for the cabinets simply due to the builder wanting to save a little money. While these cabinets may be functional, over time, they will simply not outlast the natural durability of oak.
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