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Hutchinson Products Company
3900 N. Tulsa Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-2937



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Is Kiln dried and mill manufactured to the highest lumber standards. Typically we stock only the best grade available in each lumber and are purchased from specific geographical regions in order to achieve the most uniform texture and color. This has been learned and earned over the 50+ years that we have been manufacturing custom doors. All stock woods are "Plain Sawn" lumbers, although "Quarter Sawn" and "Rift Sawn" lumber may be special ordered.

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(Alnus rubra)

Often called West Coast Cherry, and can be used as a Cherry substitute. This lumber is harvested primarily in the Northwestern United States. Light reddish brown in color with small pin knots randomly though out. Fine grained, medium texture, with not a lot of figure, similar to Cherry. This lumber has excellent machining quality and is easy to stain and finish.

ALDER, Knotty

(Alnus rubra)

This is the "Knotty" grade of Red Alder. It contains additional small black knots randomly scattered though out the lumber ranging from dime to half-dollar size. This lumber has the same characteristics as Red Alder.

ASH, White

(Fraxinus americana)

Most Ash grows East of the Mississippi river and from Canada to the Gulf coast. Southern Ash will typically be whiter in color and softer in texture. Appalachian and Northern Ash will be grayer in color and firmer in texture. Our Ash lumber is selected for a creamy white sapwood color. Ash lumber has good stability and is less subject to twist or cup. Ash is a mixture of both straight and cathedral grain figure. It has both fine straight grain and course open cathedral grain rays. It is rated good for machinability and is easy to stain and finish. Ash is excellent for color washes that highlight the grain figure.


(Tilia americana)

Also called Linden or Limewood, it is light weight, soft textured, but maintains a crisp shape or profile. Color runs from creamy white to pinkish brown with brown or black streaks. Mostly straight fine grain that takes stain or paint well. It has excellent machinability and is also well suited for carving.

BIRCH, White

(Betula alleghaniensis)

"Natural" Birch contains the normal combination of lighter sapwood and darker brown heartwood color tones. Our NorthernYellow Birch is selected for creamy white sapwood color. It has a fine straight grain with little figure and is a medium texture. Birch is a stable strong wood that is rated good for machinability and is excellent to stain or paint.


(Prunus serotina)

American Cherry from the Appalachian region of the country has been the preferred location because it more closely color matches the veneers and plywoods made from Cherry. Natural Cherry's color varies from a creamy white sapwood to light red or dark reddish brown heartwood. Our Cherry is selected to be a medium light red heartwood color with minimum sapwood. Cherry has a smooth fine straight grain with a nice figure. It's rich color is normally clear finished, but it can be stained. Cherry is medium to firm texture and has excellent machinability.


(Carya spp.)

Possibly the hardest American hardwood. Most mills do not separate Hickory and Pecan once the bark is removed for the logs. "Natural" Hickory has both creamy sapwood and brown heartwood coloring. Our Hickory is FAS grade, knot free, and "Calico" in coloring, ie, most boards will contain both creamy sapwood and some brown heartwood. This allows us to randomly mix both colors in the doors resulting in a very warm and inviting product. It has a moderately open grain and good figure. Because of its' hardness and catchy grain, Hickory is difficult to machine and work. However, It is strong and tough. Ease of finishing is rated fair. All sapwood or all heartwood can be special ordered.


(Khaya ivorensis)

It has been increasingly difficult to import "Genuine Mahogany" from the Central and South American countries plus the quality of the lumber has continued to deteriorate. Therefore, most American manufactures have turned to African Mahogany, which is a True Tropical Mahogany. Both species are from the same botanical family. The color and workability of African Mahogany very closely resemble the performance of Genuine Mahogany and the wood finishes well. Color will vary from light reddish brown to deep rich red. Reasonably straight grain and a prominent figure. It is a medium to firm textured wood.



(Acer saccharum)

Also called Rock Maple. This is a hard, strong wood that has many uses. It is from the Hard Maple tree that we get Maple syrup. Hard Maple lumber has many special decorative grain figures, including fiddle back, quilted and birds-eye. Our Northern Hard Maple is selected for creamy sapwood color and without the brown heartwood. It is fine grained with a smooth finish and is a hard texture. With the decorative figures removed by the mills, what is left is a moderate grain figure. Machinability is good but staining can be difficult, but not impossible.



(Acer rubrum)

White or Stain Grade Soft Maple. This wood has many of the same characteristics as Hard Maple, but is not nearly as hard or as strong. Both Red Maple and Silver Maple are marketed as Soft Maple. However, we prefer to buy only Northern Soft Red Maple because it has superior machining and finishing characteristics, compared to Silver Maple. Our Soft Maple is fine grained with not much figure and a smooth finish. It is selected for the creamy sapwood color and is easy to stain.


Paint Grade

(Acer rubrum)

This is the nonwhite Northern Red Soft Maple, same as above. This lumber has the brown heartwood mixed with the creamy sapwood and has the same fine grained smooth finish that makes it an excellent paint grade wood.



These trees grow in the northern, appalachian and southern regions of the United States. There are approximately 14 different species of Oak that are harvested and marketed as Red Oak lumber, but they are all in the Genus Quercus family. No other lumber is better known or more widely used than Red Oak. With such a wide variety of growth areas, the color range of Red Oak varies from southern white-gray-reds to Appalachian darker reds, to northern light red and reddish tans. We prefer to stock a FAS grade northern Red Oak selected for uniform light red color, with no creamy sapwood. The northern Oaks are slower growth and therefore have tighter grain and a medium firm texture. Red Oak has both fine straight grain and course open cathedral grain patterns. It has excellent machinability and is fairly easy to stain and finish.



American White Oak is the premier species of the Oak family. It is highly favored by the Europeans. Again it has a wide growth range, from the southern to the northern USA. Much like its' cousin, Red Oak, there are 16 different species of Oak that are cut and marketed as White Oak and they are all in the Genus Quercus family. The heartwood of the White Oak tree is very water resistant and is a nut brown color. We stock a tight grained, selected uniform color, heartwood White Oak from the Appalachian region. It has excellent figure and is slightly easier to machine than Red Oak. White Oak is fairly easy to stain and finish.

PECAN, Rustic

(Carya, spp)

Like its' cousin Hickory, Pecan belongs to the Genus Carya family. This lumber is not harvested from trees bearing Pecan nuts. Pecan nuts are harvested from grafted hybrid trees originating in nurseries. Wild Pecan trees of the forest produce a nut that is edible but bitter in taste and of little commercial value. Because they are so similar in color, grain, figure and texture, lumber mills normally will not separate Pecan and Hickory sawn lumber. We prefer to sell "PECAN" as a "Rustic" grade of wood. "Rustic" meaning; maximum color variations, knots, and if requested, voids. Pecan like Hickory is difficult to machine and work. However, It is strong and tough. Ease of finishing is rated fair. Pecan has a moderately open grain and good figure.

PINE, Clear

(Pinus strobus)

Eastern White Pine is a true White Pine and is soft in weight, light in color, easy to machine and glues well. It has a yellowish straw to reddish tinged color with widely spaced fine smooth grain. There are only three true White Pines; Eastern White Pine, Idaho White Pine and Sugar Pine. We prefer to buy a northern grown Eastern White Pine because of its' smooth finish and ease of painting or staining.

PINE, Knotty

(Pinus strobus)

This is the same clear Eastern White Pine as above, only it is selected to have random tight knots in the lumber. It has the same color, grain and finishing characteristics as the Pine.


Paint Grade

(Lirodendron tulipifera)

Yellow Poplar, by its' name, would lead us to believe it belongs in the true Poplars Genus Populus family that includes Aspen, Carolina Poplar and Cottonwood. But Yellow Poplar is a member of the Magnolia family and most botanists prefer to call it the Tulip Tree or Tulip Poplar. Today, Yellow Poplar is one of the most important trees in the lumber industry. The wood is free from resin, kiln dries easily, machines and glues easily and is fairly stable. It has a fine smooth grain, soft texture with a pale yellow-green color. The northern and appalachian Poplar does not have the black and purple coloring that occurs in much of the southern Poplar.


(Juglans nigra)

American Black Walnut is the most respected North American hardwood, with a reputation that dates back to the 16th century. When fresh cut, the sapwood of Walnut is nearly white and the heartwood is a beautiful warm brown. The mills use a steaming process that "caramelizes" the sugars in the sapwood and blends the sapwood to nearly the brown color of the heartwood. Most woods darken with age. Walnut is the exception and becomes lighter in color with age. Walnut is a very stable wood with great shock resistance (think gun stocks), and machines and glues well. It has a fine smooth grain with some curls, waves and figure. Walnut leaves and branches also produce a chemical named "Juglone" which fleas hate. Spreading this foliage around your home, yard or campsite will make the fleas flee.
MDF PANELS Medium Density Fiberboard, is a manufactured material made from wood fibers, fine wood-flower and a binder that is cooked" in a high pressure press. There is also HDF, High Density Fiberboard and LDF, Low Density Fiberboard. We prefer the MDF made exclusively from Pine fiber and Pine wood-flower, because it is 60% lighter in weight, has great machinability, and sands to a very smooth finish. And, like all the "DF's", it does not contract or expand because it is an inert substance, that does not cup, warp or twist. It is exclusively for painting as stains will not penetrate its' face surface. We wrap our MDF door panels in a Paint Grade lumber frame to create a Paint Grade door that is superior to an all lumber door. And, the MDF Panel Paint Grade doors is also less expensive than an all lumber door.