All projects are hand crafted by Allen, using furniture grade hardwoods, stained and distressed (optional) and finished with a protective varnish.
Hardwood KNOTTY ALDER is a furniture grade lumber that is commonly seen in doors and cabinets - Clear Alder (no knots) is also available (typically adds $50-$100 per shelf/mantel). My unique distressing process gives a rustic, reclaimed look, yet is very refined and smooth to the touch - perfect for the modern farmhouse or industrial look.
These are some traditional oil stains on distressed Alder:
Next, are low VOC stains shown on smooth finishes, available on either Knotty or Clear Alder (also Maple - but will be slightly lighter). These can also be used on Alder with a distressed finish and even be layered, toned or mixed to create a custom color.
WHITE OAK is another popular option, especially in flooring now days. Certain stains tend to accentuate the grain than others - natural with a clear varnish is the most popular option. A very light white wash is also available. Upper tier pricing, will add $200-400 per shelf/mantel, depending on the overall size.
Maple is the standard for high quality cabinets but also works well for floating shelves and some furniture when a light finish is desired. Maple has a light, wispy grain and coloring that shifts any stains to the lighter end. It works really well for grey tones and when you want to minimize red tones. Mid tier pricing and adds $100-$200 per item.
Walnut Everyone loves walnut, but it is one of the most expensive North American lumbers commonly available. It has beautiful dark grain, very durable, and has gorgeous coloring. Typically adds about $200-$500 per item.
Cherry is a beautiful, hard wood and used to be the standard for custom furniture but went out of style because of the traditional stains that made it turn very red. New low VOC stains and varnish options give it an updated, modern look. Beautiful grain, medium tone and priced between maple and white oak.
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