Wood Specifications

Our cabinetry represents the careful selection of woods. While every effort is made to match wood grain as closely as possible, no two pieces of wood are exactly alike, even from the same tree. These differences in natural color and grain mean that each piece will respond differently to the finishing materials used. For example, close-grained woods absorb less and will vary in color from more open-grained pieces from the very same tree. It is these variations that contribute to the beauty and distinction of quality wood products.

Exposure to sunlight, smoke and chemicals may cause some materials to fade or vary from their original color over time. This is why cabinets, doors, drawer fronts and accessories added at a later date may not exactly match cabinets installed now. For the same reasons, door samples or displays may not represent the exact color of cabinets received at the time of shipment. All cleaning agent instructions should also be carefully reviewed before application. Due to changes that occur from natural and environmental factors a cabinet is exposed to over its lifetime, Waypoint cannot be responsible for variations that occur in the finish of cabinets as they age.

Our cabinetry incorporates solid hardwoods and hardwood veneers. These are natural materials with inherent variations. As such, our quality standards establish tolerance ranges for matching the hardwood pieces. Actual samples of hardwoods should be reviewed to establish realistic expectations of variations involving wood grain, color tones, presence of knots and so forth.


Painted finishes combine a hardwood frame with a center panel which can consist of furniture board or solid hardwood to achieve a product with superior stability, consistency, coverage and durability. Center panel construction varies by door style, see door style pages for specific construction information. Furniture board consists of engineered wood such as Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), High Density Fiberboard (HDF), particle board or other man-made wood products.

Features described below are typical and not considered defects:

  • Joint lines caused by the natural expansion and contraction of wood
  • The natural aging process may change the tone of paint colors over time


Maple is an exceptionally hard, finely grained wood species with a fine, even texture. Darker stains will moderate the color variance; lighter stains mellow with golden hues over time. Features described below are typical and not considered defects:

  • Creamy white to light blonde tones to dark reddish brown tones
  • Small mineral streaks of light blonde or reddish brown that darken with stain
  • Wavy, curly bird’s-eye or burl graining as well as worm tracking across the grain that will darken when stained
  • Variations within a single door


Cherry is a close-grained, multicolored hardwood with occasional pin knots and fine grain variations appearing as curls and waves. Features described below are typical and not considered defects:

  • Small sap pockets, pin knots and streaks
  • Color ranges from pale yellow sapwood to deep reddish brown heartwood, with occasional shades of white, green, pink or gray
  • Staining reveals subtle variations and colors that typically darken over time
  • Variations within a single door
  • May accept nicks and bumps over time


Oak is a prominently grained hardwood with pattern variations from straight grain to arcs. It is durable and forgiving of nicks and bumps, and mellows with golden hues over time. Darker stains provide a more uniform appearance. Features described below are typical and not considered defects:

  • Natural oak colors range from light tans to deep reddish browns
  • Streaks of yellow or black mineral deposits
  • Noticeable differences in color between open and close-grained areas which may be more evident with light colored stain
  • Variations within a single door


Thermofoil finishes allow White Thermofoil cabinet doors to exhibit the same styling and detail found in solid wood doors.

  • The Thermofoil finish found on the front of White Thermofoil cabinet doors is produced when a PVC molded plastic is bonded to a pre-machined core material using heat and pressure
  • White Thermofoil finishes are extremely durable, easy to clean and especially resistant to chipping and cracking
  • The core is medium density fiberboard (MDF) with a white melamine back