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Red oak basics: A vast majority of kitchen and bathroom cabinets in the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S. were crafted out of red oak due to a steady market for new suburban homes coupled with the overwhelming abundance of red oak in domestic forests. Homeowners liked the warm, homey tones and the solid feel of genuine oak. Much of the wood was milled in a manner called flat sawn or plain sawn, in which the board is cut into vertical slices. This produces the most amount of usable lumber and also highlights a particular distinguishing feature of red oak: cathedrals. These are a progressive series of highly pronounced coarse-grained arches that usually are darker than the rest of the wood. Premade red oak cabinets became known as contractor-grade cabinets, because they were relatively inexpensive and widely available, but mass-production techniques did not always result in the best grain matching.