Kitchen Cabinet Wood Types Kitchen cabinets can be made from dozens of woods including Oak, Maple, Pine, Cherry, Hickory, Poplar, Alder and Birch. Hickory and Oak are the hardest and the heaviest. Cherry, Birch and Maple are considered to be well suited to cabinetry. Less expensive and more plentiful woods such as Alder and Poplar work best with glazed finishes used in creating an 'antique' look. Pine is a soft wood that can be more prone to dents and scratches.
When thinking about replacing the old cabinetry with a custom kitchen cabinet design, you should decide on a design and the size of the shelves you'll need before you go shopping. Get magazines that feature custom kitchen cabinet design or take a trip to your local library and see what information and books they have there. You can always go online when you are shopping for a custom kitchen cabinet design; on the internet you will find tons of information that will help to lead you in the right direction.
Solid hardwood kitchen cabinets are available, but they're going to have a hefty price tag. The first choice amongst cabinet-buyers is usually those built using a combination of solid wood and plywood. In most cases, plywood is both thicker and more durable than particleboard; however, particleboard will have less expansion.
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