Another unique character of oak kitchens is that direct sunlight can cause the surface to fade and darken through time. But this is not really a downside as many homeowners prefer the patina that it offers, and doesn't mind the changes in their kitchen cabinets.
Two Ways to Cut Oak - When building oak kitchen cabinets, it is possible to choose straight or plain cut or quarter-saw. The difference will be very obvious. Oak has strips of a special tissue that radiates from the center of the tree or log out to the edge. These strips of tissue look a great deal like spokes of a wheel. When the log is cut through by quarter sawing, the boards will show flakes of smooth wood. The effect can be very beautiful. Quarter sawing does not produce the same effect in narrow strips, but it can be spectacular in cabinet doors.
Oak kitchen cabinets are one of the most affordable options for your kitchen. Whether you want to completely replace them or simply reface them, your options are many. If you have had oak cabinets for many years, but find the doors are looking a little worse for wear, consider just replacing the doors. That way you'll be able to preserve the original cabinets which are still in good condition while matching new doors to them for a whole new look.
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.
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.
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