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 custom formulated 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.

Finish Characteristics

Industry standard for both orange peel and particles state that these characteristics should be inconspicuous from 36” in ambient lighting conditions. Filled nail holes, field repairs, and touch ups will be inconspicuous from 72”. Consistency and film thickness of each coat shall be as recommended by the manufacturer.

Compliance with standards for color and grain are highly subjective. Each person’s perception of color is unique. The apparent color of a finished wood species is affected by many variables such as ambient lighting conditions, the cellular structure of the individual piece of wood, and the orientation of the surface to the viewer.

Be sure to use our own samples as a reference to the range of acceptable finish characteristics.

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.