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The Woodworker's Chronicle Stories and Tips from the Workshop

Hey there, folks, today we're gonna talk about the different types of wood used in American kitchen cabinets. Now, as you know, I've been on hundreds of crazy cool Jobs where I've seen all sorts of woodworking and cabinet-making, so I've got some insights to share with you.


Kitchen Cabinets


First up, we have Oak, which for years was one of the most popular woods used in kitchen cabinets. It's durable, strong, and has a distinct grain pattern that adds character to any kitchen. Oak cabinets can range in color from light to dark, depending on the type of oak used. Plus, it has that everyday affordability.

Next, we have Maple, which is easily the most popular choice for kitchen cabinets today. Maple is a light-colored hardwood with a tight and uniform grain pattern, making it ideal for painted finishes … Super ideal. It's also highly durable, resistant to scratches and dents, and easy to clean. And it looks great no matter what style you are aiming for.

How about Cherry you ask? A beautiful and sophisticated wood is how I would respond. It is known for its reddish-brown color and smooth grain pattern. It's a softer wood than oak or maple, but it's still highly durable and adds a warm and elegant look to any kitchen.

Birch on the other hand is a light-colored “everyday” hardwood with a straight grain pattern. Like Maple it is often used for painted finishes because it too is highly durable and resistant to scratches and dents. Birch is a great choice for families with kids.

Looking for a cabinet wood species that is unique, highly durable with a distinctive grain pattern? One that adds conspicuously unique character to your kitchen, each and every time? Then Hickory is what you are looking for. It's one of the hardest woods used in cabinets, making it resistant to scratches and dents, but it can be challenging to work with due to its density. But wow does it make a statement.

Finally, we have Walnut, with its dark, rich appeal. One that is that's highly prized for its beauty and durability. It has a straight grain pattern with a rich, warm color that darkens with age. Walnut is usually found in the highest-end kitchens and typically has a cost to match.

So, there you have it, folks, a rundown of the different types of wood used in American kitchen cabinets. Each wood has its unique properties, and choosing the right one for your kitchen depends on your personal style, budget, and durability requirements. But no matter what wood you choose, you too and turn it into your own crazy cool space.


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