Question about cabinet construction
About five years ago I had a bathroom remodeled and had a vanity custom made by a local cabinetry shop that was highly recommended by my contractor (a highly regarded local interior designer). The vanity is cherry wood finished with a darker cherry stain (not paint). On the two central doors, which have raised central panels surrounded by the vertical side and horizontal upper and lower edge pieces (my nomenclature is lacking...I hope you understand what I'm talking about) I have noticed (and did when they were new) that the vertical edge pieces are somewhat darker than the horizontal upper and lower edge pieces. I assumed then that this was just a function of the grain running vertically versus horizontally and didn't worry about it.
Now, I'm on to my kitchen cabinet questions: (1) I have noticed the same lighter/darker stain color differences between the vertical and horizontal edge pieces on other folks' stained kitchen cabinet doors. Is this something that is unavoidable or did I (and some other folks as well) just get a cheaper quality cabinet? Can it be avoided and, if so, how? (2) On most kitchen cabinets I've seen the central panels appear to be made of 2"-3" wide planking joined together, with anywhere from bad to pretty good grain matching and anywhere from bad to pretty good stain color matching (the light versus dark thing again). Are all kitchen cabinet central panels so constructed or do any cabinetmakers these days ever use one solid piece of wood for a cabinet panel? In other words, I guess, have I just not seen a high quality cabinet constructed of solid wood that exhibits a consistent stain color? I know I have cherry wood furniture pieces that do not exhibit these color/graining inconsistencies.
Thanks for reading all this and I appreciate your comments.