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Typically No.2A Common materials are used for cabinets and millwork, however,  we use only hand selected  FAS grade lumber.  This is the highest grade of hardwood lumber. Please click HERE to read more about lumber grading.

Choose from ten standard wood species or use Plato’s SelectWoods™ program to specify virtually any wood species. Some of the traits that set Plato Woodwork apart from other manufacturers and cabinet makers are the specifications we use and selectiveness of color ranges allowed when purchasing our raw wood materials. Obviously, there is a slightly increase in cost for these premium materials, but benefits you through increased grain and color consistency. This is a vital element in providing a product worthy of the term custom.



A fine, straight grained wood species with a uniform color from light tan to reddish brown. Takes stain well and is a species that is easy to distress creating many design opportunities for the homeowner.

Rustic Alder

Same as above, but selected for a higher concentration of knots and other naturally occurring ‘character’ features to create a more rustic look.


A fine textured hardwood with a prominent figure and a beautiful, warm pink color. Cherry may have occasional natural features such as pecks, small pitch pockets and mineral streaks all of which contribute to the uniqueness of this species. Cherry ages gracefully, acquiring a rich patina that continues to darken over time further enhancing its beauty and warmth.

Character Cherry

“Character Cherry” is a signature look created by Plato. It is achieved by combining cherry that has been selected for a higher concentration of mineral streaks, knots, and other naturally occurring ‘character’ specially packaged together with our Character Distress wood effect to create a beautifully rustic and time worn appearance.


A strong, fine textured hardwood which has a subtle grain figure. The color tends to be a light, creamy tan. Maple is known as one of the heavier and denser woods available and is very sturdy. Maple has some naturally occurring features such as an occasional mineral streak, to the more spectacular birds-eye, burl, fiddleback or quilting.

Quartersawn White Oak

Heartwood is light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight grayish cast. Sapwood is white to cream. The grain of this hardwood is open, with longer rays than red oak. Figuring due to pronounced rays, interlocked and wavy grain are brought out more conspicuously than red oak.


A highly desirable, finely grained hardwood with dark tan to brown heartwood and creamy white sapwood. Walnut generally has fairly straight grain but produces more types of figures than any other wood. It darkens with age and exposure to light though more slowly than cherry.

Rustic Walnut

The same characteristics as Walnut but is selected for a higher concentration of burl and other naturally occurring character features to create a more rustic appearance. Many of the knots are cracked with prominent burling or grain variation surrounding them.


Plato is known for the quality and beauty of their painted finishes. Every coat is precisely applied over top grade hardwoods, hand-sanded between coats and oven-baked for a satin-smooth, furniture finish that will retain its beauty for years to come.

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