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Wood and Finish Selection

CUSTOM FINISHED NORTH AMERICAN HARDWOODS

Metropolitan does all of our milling  and finishing in our production facility in Minnesota. Because all of our woods are made from select and better lumber, you can be assured you are getting the finest American made hardwood frames and moulding available today.  The lumber we use is from renewable forests in the United States and Canada and are FSC Certified.

In order to make sure you get the finest quality finishes available, we finish our frames and moulding to order. And to further ensure the quality of our frames, they are finished after they are joined. Each frame or moulding is sprayed by hand so every inch of the frame is examined by one of our experienced employees.

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MAPLE AND WOOD STAIN FINISH SELECTION

Maple is our most popular wood. It is valued by museums and fine art galleries for its neutral appearance. Metropolitan's clear lacquer and stain finishes are semi-transparent, allowing the grain of the wood to show.

00 unfinished
00 unfinished
01 clear
01 clear
01 clear water based
01 clear water based
04 NGA pickled white
04 NGA pickled white
05 pickled white
05 pickled white
11 medium walnut
11 medium walnut
14 charcoal
14 charcoal
35 natural cherry
35 natural cherry
36 walnut
36 walnut

MAPLE PAINTED FRAME COLOR SELECTION

15 white
15 white
16 polar white
16 polar white
17 rising white
17 rising white
18 rising warm white
18 rising warm white
20 antique white
20 antique white
13 black
13 black
19 graphite
19 graphite
21 dolphin
21 dolphin

ASH AND WOOD STAIN FINISH SELECTION   

Ash wood is a very dense wood with a grain pattern that can complement or detract from the artwork. If the grain complements, it is a good choice because it is a less expensive wood option. Ash wood will vary in color and is not recommended on the clear and white finishes if consistency is important. It is most popular in our darker wood stains and charcoal and black finishes which will cover the inconsistencies.

00 unfinished
00 unfinished
01 clear
01 clear
02 burnt sugar
02 burnt sugar
03 cherry
03 cherry
05 pickled white
05 pickled white
06 fruitwood
06 fruitwood
13 black
13 black
14 charcoal
14 charcoal
15 white
15 white
19 graphite
19 graphite
21 dolphin
21 dolphin
33 mahogany
33 mahogany
36 walnut stain
36 walnut stain

CHERRY AND WOOD STAIN FINISH SELECTION

 

Cherry wood in its natural state has a light red color which makes the finish have a depth of color that cannot be achieved on other woods. The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown. In contrast, the sapwood is creamy white. Cherry will darken with age and on exposure to light. The wood is moderately heavy and hard.  Because of the variations from the heartwood and sapwood the grain and color can vary greatly on on clear finishes.

00 unfinished
00 unfinished
01 clear
01 clear
10 dark walnut
10 dark walnut
14 charcoal
14 charcoal
33 mahogany
33 mahogany
34 burnt cherry
34 burnt cherry
35 natural cherry
35 natural cherry

WALNUT  AND WOOD STAIN FINISH SELECTION

Walnut wood has a rich dark brown heartwood with a tan colored sapwood. Walnut wood is fairly soft and moderate in weight. It will lighten with age. The oiled finish has more of a matte finish than the clear lacquer. Darker finishes are often used to cover the color differences in the heart and sapwood. Walnut is the most expensive wood we carry.

00 unfinished
00 unfinished
01 clear
01 clear
07 oiled walnut
07 oiled walnut
09 ebony
09 ebony
10 dark walnut
10 dark walnut
14 charcoal
14 charcoal
36 walnut stain
36 walnut stain


POPLAR WOOD AND FINISH SELECTION

Poplar wood varies from light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Poplar wood is primarily used for painted or dark finished frames because of its color inconsistencies. Poplar wood typically has a straight, uniform grain, with a medium texture.  Because Poplar is an inexpensive hardwood it is a good choice when price is a consideration.  Colors tend to darken upon exposure to light.

Poplar Wood Unfinished wood and finish selection
00 Unfinished
09 ebony
09 ebony
33 mahagony
33 mahagony
34 burnt cherry
34 burnt cherry
36 walnut stain
36 walnut stain
19 graphite
19 graphite
21 dolphin
21 dolphin