The distinct appeal of hand-made wood products

Every RidgeCrest Custom Cabinet is made-to-order by hand in Ridgefield, Washington. The imperfect nature of wooden products is what lends our cabinets their imitable allure.

As a supplier of wood products, it is our responsibility to educate consumers in regard to naturally occurring wood characteristics. Wood is a natural product and identical trees growing side by side will not produce identical grained wood. For customers who are very concerned with a flat, identical finish, we recommend either a painted application or using a laminate material.

All RidgeCrest finishes are hand-crafted in shop. As such, each door will be consistently unique. In addition, the natural characteristics of wood lend themselves to color variation, and this is also true when finish is applied. Veneer wood absorbs more stain than solid wood and will appear darker. Some door styles are built with a solid wood frame and a veneer center panel, which will show more color variation than doors with all solid wood components.

Woodgrain Variation

The natural causes of color variation within a species are influenced by many factors. Soil types, minerals, water levels, available sunlight, temperature, and genetic composition all contribute to color variation. Variations in color, grain pattern, and texture are expected aspects of natural wood. These differences are considered desirable as they make wood a unique building material.

Above are all examples from the same stick of Beech Rye.
All are acceptable within the same job.


  • Doors with veneer cores are susceptible to warp & are not subject to warp/flatness tolerances.
  • Maximum cabinet door size is 24” width x 54” height. Doors larger than that in either dimension are susceptible to warp and are not subject to warp/flatness tolerances.
  • For custom grade cabinets, warp shall not exceed 1.2mm per 12” of area. Measurements for warp will be taken on the concave face of the panel per 12“.

Reveal Standards

The tight reveals of full-access cabinetry provide it with sleek aesthetic appeal. Because of the emphasis on straight sleek lines, customers can come to have too high of expectations regarding the reveals of their cabinets.

Acceptable Tolerances
X – up to a 3.2mm gap w/ tolerance +/- 1.6mm
Y – up to a 1.6mm gap w/ tolerance +/- 1.6mm
Z – between 3.2mm & 9.6mm

These images show half of the actual tolerance allowed.

You will see these variants in your kitchen.
They are a sign of quality.