How do I choose the right wood for my project?
We offer a broad spectrum of wood options in a variety of colors, grain patterns, and finishes to accommodate your tastes, storage needs and budget. We personally meet all of our customers, face-to-face, and will bring you samples of our popular wood varieties as well as photos of our work and customer references. We offer a wealth of experience to discuss your design ideas and the relative cost of various materials to find the right fit for your budget.
Once you have decided to create your own custom wine cellar, the first decision that you will make is to choose an appropriate variety of wood. We recommend a wood that is odorless, which will prevent the wine from absorbing and developing off flavors.
We have pre-selected a couple of more popular types of woods for quality construction, durability and elegance. However, as all of our work is custom designed from scratch, we can manufacture your project in any wood commercially available such as Walnut, Poplar, Cherry, Birch and Alder. We have many samples for you to select from that can help you coordinate the color scheme in your wine cellar, or other custom design.
Caution: There are numerous mail order competitors that offer reduced cost projects made with Sapwood. Web pictures can be misleading as the photos are often enhanced or incorrectly lite to hide flaws in lower grade woods. Keep in mind as with all materials, woods are graded and vary greatly in price. We have free samples of the wood we use.
We use sustainable commercially grown clear all heart Redwood, which is the most desirable and valuable part of the redwood tree. It comes from the center of the log and consistently displays gorgeous reddish tones and is a lot stronger and more durable than Sapwood. Redwood is naturally very resistant to moisture, mildew and rot, which makes it an ideal choice for almost any project. Coastal redwood is an extremely fast growing tree that can reach heights of 170 feet over a 50 year span and can be found along the coasts of California. Under ideal conditions radial growth can be up to one inch per year.
Sapele is a member of the Mahogany family and shares numerous similarities. It is odorless and has a beautiful flowing grain which creates a distinctive figure. It is also resistant to rot and mold which makes it another excellent choice for your project. Sapele is often sought after as flooring for its durability and is also widely used in the manufacturing of quality exterior doors. Among one of its more exotic uses, is in guitar manufacturing. It has been used in the top, back and sides of acoustic guitar bodies as well as the tops of electric guitar bodies.