Woods & Finishes

Woods & Finishes

Our cabinets are built from one of our standard wood species, combined with one of our door styles, and then stained and finished with one of our specialty finishes to create truly stunning and unique products. Alternatively, we can match or create any color that you desire in our local factory to create your unique finished product.

Wood Species

Choose from over 11 different wood species. Our highly requested species are briefly summarized below:

  • Oak
    Oak is tan to reddish brown in color. Red oak is a strong wood used for its natural beauty of open grain, mineral streaks, wormholes and knots, which are all considered “the fingerprints of nature.”
  • Pine
    Pine is off-white to yellow to orange brown in color. Pine is a naturally soft wood enhanced by knots throughout its grain.
  • Birch
    Birch is off-white to light brown in color. Birch is a subtle grained species of wood that is very smooth in texture and light in color. Color variations, knots, bird's-eyes (small black dots) and wormholes give this species character.
  • Hickory
    Hickory is off-white to gray to dark brown in color. The most unique feature of hickory is its wide color variation. This is commonly known as a "Zebra-stripe" effect. Knots and wormholes bring additional life to this particularly strong and closed-grained wood species.
  • Beech
    Beech varies in color, ranging anywhere from white with a red tinge or may be light to dark reddish brown. It is generally a straight-grained wood with a close uniform texture. Beech takes color and stain easily and also looks good in its natural color.
  • Silver Maple
    Silver Maple is off-white to grayish white in color. Silver Maple is naturally straight-grained and smooth in texture but may have sugar streaks, occasional mineral and pin knots or sometimes curly grain marks that give the wood character.
  • Maple
    Maple is off-white to light brown in color. Much like birch, maple is a subtle-grained wood that is smooth in texture and light in color. Curly grain, sugar streaks and bird's-eyes are examples of what you see when looking at a maple door.
  • Alder
    Alder is light brown or pale yellow to medium reddish brown. Alder is somewhat uniform in color throughout and is fairly straight-grained with a uniform texture. It has an appearance similar to cherry wood.
  • Cherry
    Cherry has a pink to reddish brown to deep red color. Cherry is a strong wood with an open grain, characterized by knots, mineral streaks and color variation. The more natural light received by this wood, the darker it becomes.
  • Walnut
    Walnut has variances of light and dark areas in the wood. Darker stains tend to disguise this characteristic more than lighter stains. Natural changes in color from the original color occur in as short as 6 to 12 months. The color change varies depending on the light of each individual area.
  • Bamboo
    Bamboo is tan to brown in color. Bamboo is an Environmentally Preferred Product. It has a tight-grained appearance with narrow staves, scattered color, specks and nodes, which give this wood its distinct look.

Color Matching

No color is impossible. Tri-Star Cabinet works closely with paint and stain manufacturers to assure the closest possible match to any color you choose. Show us a color, and our professionals will create a custom paint or stain — just for you!


Stains, painted glazes and other specialty finishes are offered in numerous colors to satisfy a wide array of tastes.

  • Standard Stains & Finishes
    Five sanding techniques — including machine and hand sanding — are used on each door to achieve the smoothest surfaces on which to apply our stains. Hand-rubbed stains produce the rich, deep shades of color that enhance the natural beauty of all our wood species. A pre-catalyzed sealer coat that locks in these stains is then topped off with a post-catalyzed varnish, which creates a durable finish that resists heat, UV rays and most household chemicals.
    • Accent Finish - Tri-Star’s accent finish is a design technique used to enhance the details of the selected door style and moulding. First, the standard base stain or paint color is applied and then an accent color is sprayed with a special spray gun to any beaded areas, grooves and edges. This process does not change the base color of the cabinetry.
    • Highlighting Finish - The highlight finish also enhances the artistic details of the selected style of cabinetry. The process involved to include a highlight finish is similar to that of an accent finish. In the highlight process, the color that a client selects is sprayed over a door or piece of moulding and then hand wiped from all flat areas. This leaves a natural look to any edges, beaded areas or grooves. This process does change the color of the base stain or paint that is used.
    • Glazing Finish - Tri-Star's glaze finish is also used to create unique and artistic styles. The glazing process includes the application of standard base or paint color, followed by a client's selection of glaze color that is applied to the entire door or moulding. Our team then hand wipes each piece leaving a noticeable rag mark. This process will also change the color of the base paint or stain that is used.
  • Leather Finishes
    Tri-Star’s innovative leather finishes are applied much like our standard stains and finishes, but have an additional de-nubbing (super-fine sanding) step and a “crackle layer” application that gives the appearance of aged leather.
  • Distressed Options
    Cow-tailing, weathering, worm holes, dents, razor cuts, joint cracks and splattering are special processes that we offer to impart an antique, worn look to the cabinetry.