Are Oak Cabinets Making a Comeback?


Oak cabinetry has been a staple in the Western Canadian home since the early 1980’s. There are many advantages to oak such as its durability, ability to stain consistently and textured woodgrain pattern.

In past 10 to 15 years, Oak has definitely seen a reduction in popularity as other woods such as Alder, Maple and Cherry have reclaimed the number one title for popularity. However, with the advent of Rift Cut White Oak, Oak is slowly regaining popularity with designers.


Rift cut sawn lumber or radial grain is specially cut to circumvent the ray flecks that are common in the Oak Wood species, resulting in a finer and more linear grain than standard oak. This is the most expensive way to cut the material, even more expensive than Quarter Sawn and Plain Sawn because it produces the most waste when cut.   Like all other woods, Rift Cut White oak will vary in grain and colouration as this is representative of the authenticity of real wood.

Rift sawn oak vs quarter sawn and plain sawn


Superior Cabinets has just introduced Rift Cut White Oak to their portfolio. It will be available in all Flat and Raised Panel Wood Door Styles. For now, it will be offered in a Natural Finish.

Rift Cut Oak door


Rift Cut Oak is very popular in the fine furniture and custom furniture markets. Oak may not be your thing, but it is slowly coming back in other ways because of its capability. Consider choosing Rift Cut White Oak for your kitchen cabinetry because of its strong structural nature and beautiful linear grain pattern. When in doubt, it’s always best to see a finished door sample to get a feel for it to determine if it is the right fit for your style and your home.


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