White oak cabinets? Not rift or 1/4 sawn. Anyone have them?

deedlesJune 26, 2013

Looking for anybody that may have plain sawn white oak cabinets... stained or clear finish, not painted. Just trying to get a feel for how it takes a stain and what the finished product looks like. Seem to only be able to find rift or quarter sawn images. TIA.

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Here is my bathroom with oak cabinets. I also have a big closet in the hall way. Well all my cabinets in the house are this way but the kitchen and laundry room. They are glossy white.
here is the master bath (small but we like it that way)

hope this helps

This post was edited by ice1 on Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 8:45

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 8:42AM
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Ikea Lixtorp is one also

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 11:53AM
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I think the cabinets in the above photos are rift sawn? Plain sawn has more of a ...curved grain to it with more motion. Rift sawn has a linear grain.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 2:28PM
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Deedles, we put plain oak in our utility room. I'm not against plain oak cabinets at all, but they can be overpowering if there are a lot of cabinets. The stain the cabinet maker used on these is SW chestnut, and it looks more red in person. No underlying yellow at all.

if you don't want the oak to absorb too much stain, thus reducing the visible graining, you first need to "fill" the grain. That can be done with a light coat of varnish or shellac or diluted solvent. Or even using gel stain. Your cabinetmaker is the best person to ask about this.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 4:19PM
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ice1: those are beautiful cabinets, but alas, I agree probably rift sawn. Just gorgeous, though. Thank you for posting.

darcyjo: (my DS name is Darcy :) thanks for the link!

Joyce: are you saying that filling the grain makes the grain pattern less noticeable or keeps the grain pattern more distinct? I wouldn't mind the grain pattern being more subtle.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 7:56PM
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If my memory serves me correctly my laundry room cabinets are white oak with just a light natural stain on them. Deedles, these cabinets were made by the same Amish guys that did my kitchen cabinets.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 10:21PM
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Our oak cabinets (both red and white oak) with a reddish-brown stain.

This post was edited by mu3jump on Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 23:32

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 11:11PM
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badger: those are lovely. You must have specified white oak (?) as their baseline wood is red oak. I just sent a letter to him to get our bedroom closet project firmed up.

my3jump: those look great as well. Don't suppose you could say which cabs are which wood, though? Thanks for the pic!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 6:55AM
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deedles, my husband and his dad made the cabinets, and it is a mix (they used whatever, whenever). With a darker stain, I don't think red and white oak cabinets are going to look any different. If you are going for a natural or light stain, the differences will be more pronounced. That being said, they made a little play kitchen for my kiddos with a mix of both woods without stain, and I haven't noticed any differences. Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 12:01AM
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It does help, thank you!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 2:06AM
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