Wood Door Gallery

Wood Cabinet Door Gallery: Clear Lacquer Finish

In this cabinet door gallery, you will find pictures of various wood types, lumber cuts, material grades, and door styles – all with a clear lacquer finish.

A clear lacquer finish highlights the natural beauty of the wood. This gallery will show you the common wood types and some of their characteristics and features.

What the information below each picture means

There is descriptive text below each picture, but why does it matter to you?

Keep reading, and you will learn:

  • What each part of the ‘wood’ description means.
  • What each part of the ‘profiles’ description means.
  • Why that information is helpful to you.

Breaking down the 'wood' description

There are anywhere from one to six words describing the wood of each cabinet door. Within those words, there are up to four important pieces of information:

  1. Wood species
  2. Lumber grade
  3. Lumber cut
  4. Material grade

Let’s look at those one at a time.

1. Wood Species

The wood species refers to the wood used in the cabinet door. The wood species is a general statement that we clarify by adding more information. For example, Maple is a wood species, but you may not want ‘just’ Maple.

2. Lumber Grade

The lumber grade is the type of material we use in your cabinet door. Lumber mills assign the lumber grade when they process the wood. Rustic and knotty are two types of lumber grades; soft and hard are two other lumber grades.

Different lumber grades have different quality expectations. Rustic and knotty lumber grades allow for knots and other characteristics that would be a defect in other lumber grades.

We do not specify a lumber grade in the description if the wood species doesn’t have multiple lumber grades.

3. Lumber Cut

The lumber cut refers to how the lumber is cut at the mill. Most wood types, like Maple and Alder, only have one lumber cut. Other wood species, like White Oak, have multiple lumber cut options.

If we do not specify a lumber cut below the picture, that wood species only has one lumber cut available.

4. Material Grade

Unlike the lumber grade, our team assigns the material grade. Different material grades have different quality expectations.

For example, we recommend builder grade material for orders that you will stain with a medium to dark stain. On the other hand, if you want to apply a light stain or a clear lacquer finish to your cabinet doors, we recommend select grade material.

An infographic showing the difference between standard and select material grades.

Breaking down the 'profile' description

There are a lot of parts to a profile description. You could easily feel overwhelmed, so let’s look at those individually as well.

You will find the arch, inside, panel, and outside profile codes in our downloadable profile sheets.

1. Arch Profile

The arch code is the first piece of information in the profile description. Doors with a square top rail have arch code 100. Doors with an arched top rail will have a different arch code.

2. Inside Profile

The inside profile code is a number between one and 24 and refers to the design of the stiles and rails. Not sure what that means? Learn how we build a cabinet door

Some doors have two numbers separated by a slash – for example, 8-Mod/13. This means that the rails have one profile (8-Mod), and the stiles have a different profile (13). Always note the rail profile first and the stile profile second.

3. Panel Profile

The panel profile is a letter and specifies how the center of your door looks. The letter ‘P’ means the center panel is plywood; any other letter means the center panel is solid wood.

4. Outside Profile

The outside profile is a number between 15 and 87. This code describes the outside edges of your cabinet doors.

5. Stile & Rail Width

The stile and rail width refers to the width of the outer frame. We measure that width in inches. Our default stile and rail width is 2.25″; you can request wider or narrower stiles and rails. 

You can also combine different stile and rail widths. In this case, note the rail widths first and the stile widths second – for example, 2.25″/3″.

6. Rustic Treatment

If we added extra character to the doors, like wire brushing or rough sawing, we note that at the end of the profile description.

Below are two example doors showing where each profile code applies.

An infographic showing two doors with profile codes and arrows pointing to the correct areas of the doors.

The wood and profile codes matter to you

When you choose a door style, it is important that you can communicate that door style accurately to our team. Errors or miscommunications can mean your cabinet doors do not look like the sample you liked.

Understanding which codes apply to which areas of the door also allows you to communicate door style changes without confusion. For example – if you like a shaker-style door (100 4 P 75) but do not want the square outside profile (75), you can request we change that to the outside profile you want.