Real Wood Cabinetry: Beautiful but Maybe Plywood is Better
Even if you don't like the idea, there are advantages to making cabinet sides from plywood instead of solid wood. Because the outer layer of the plywood is still the same species as the face frames and doors (well, most of the time — I've seen Kabinart and Armstrong deviate) the cabinets count as "real wood cabinetry."
Kitchen Cabinet Costs Change Depending on Cabinet Wood Species
There are several factors that determine kitchen cabinet costs, and one of the bigger ones is wood species. The same door style can have several different prices if a manufacturer makes in several different kind of wood. A cherry kitchen cabinet costs more than the same cabinet in oak, for instance, Here are a few guidelines…
Oak Kitchen Cabinets, Listen to Your Heart
Cabinetry built with oak used to be real poplar (just kidding — popular). While it's fallen out of favor somewhat, there are still lots of people who like it. If you really like oak kitchen cabinets, don't let salespeople talk you out of them.
People Love Maple Kitchen Cabinets
Maple has so many desirable qualities over other woods. It's not as expensive as cherry, doesn't dent so easy as pine or birch, and the grain is (to many folks at least) more pleasing than oak.
Maple vs Birch Cabinets
There are several arguments over whether maple vs birch is better. They each have their merits and drawbacks. Maple vs birch is a choice I'd be hard pressed to make because they're so similar.
Colored Thermofoil Cabinets
I'd posted once about how hard it was to find colored thermofoil cabinets. Everything out there is either white or some shade of off-white. Well, that's a lie. I found a gigantic stash of colored thermofoil cabinets…
Maple Kitchen Doors
Just like any wood species, maple doors for kitchen cabinets come in several styles. I’ve hopefully saved you some legwork by snagging some manufacturer’s maple door pictures and posting them here. I’ll try to explain some points of interest as we go…
Birch Kitchen Cabinets
I notice, in my neck of the woods, that birch trees are everywhere. I got to wondering if these are in fact the trees that many birch cabinets are made from. After talking to someone from Bertch, I found out that the answer is no. I see white birch and silver birch in Maine, but birch kitchen cabinets are not typically made with those species.
Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinets
One kind of cabinet that doesn’t get a whole lot of press is the Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinet. Popular in high traffic public areas, I also see a lot of these cabinets in college dorms and hotels. This is probably because they are SO easy to clean. Why is that?
Cherry Kitchen Cabinets
Could it be that George Washington was going to make cabinets with that infamous cherry tree? For generations cherry has been the wood of choice for makers of fine furniture and cabinets. Why? What is so desirable about cherry?