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.
While custom-cabinet doors are more expensive than the do-it-yourself variety, the advantage is that you are able to get exactly what you want at a very high level of craftsmanship. You can tailor the cabinets to the exact specifications and needs of your kitchen.
Before you go out to choose a kitchen cabinet design, decide exactly the type of look you want to achieve. Do you want a traditional kitchen with raised-panel doors and a lot of fancy moldings, or would you rather go rustic using knotty-pine and basic hardware? Do a little research to see what types of cabinets are available and to decide which style will look best in the type of kitchen you're hoping to design. Keep your budget in mind while choosing cabinets, too.
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