What is the best wood to use for kitchen cabinets?
I don’t know that there is a “best wood”. There are a lot of different woods available and they each have qualities that stand out. I guess the harder woods will hold up better but anything that is being used today will hold up if you aren’t abusing it.
As far as looks I think cherry wood is gorgeous, but it’s pretty expensive.
The most common hardwood used in kitchen cabinets is probably oak in the USA. It’s a nice looking wood and is quite hard.
If you want a wood that is seriously hard then hickory is an excellent choice. It is also a gorgeous looking wood and would be one of my top choices along with cherry.
Whatever you choose I think a more important factor to consider is what is used for the sides of the cabinet boxes. The dirty little secret on commercially made kitchen cabinetry is that the sides or ends of them are not actually wood. Most stuff has real wood face frames and doors. But the sides are particle board that is laminated with a fake wood grain veneer. You will pay a lot more for real wood sides.
What you would want preferably is to have sides made with cabinet grade plywood. Or at least particle board that has a real wood veneer on top.
One way to get that on the real wood veneer is to buy unfinished oak which doesn’t come with finished sides. You laminate it yourself with oak panels and stain and varnish everything. I use this on a lot of jobs.
The Sheesham wood is described as golden brown to deep brown in colour, with darker streaks that give the wood an attractive appearance.
• The wood is hard with a uniform and medium coarse texture. It has a good natural resistance to decay and is considered to be a popular carving and engraving wood in India.
• Sheesham lends itself perfectly to the cabinet making industry as it seasons well and does not warp or split.
• It is extremely durable and is one of the timbers least susceptible to dry-wood termites. The wood offers resistance to sawing and cutting but is excellent for turnery, takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth surface.
• Each piece of Sheesham furniture will have a unique colouring, thanks to the well defined grain of the wood, which can be brought to a fine finish by hand waxing.
• Sheesham furniture often features hand forged wrought iron work, known as Jali ironwork.
• As well as high quality furniture, Sheesham is also used for marine and aircraft grade plywood, charcoal for heating and cooking, musical instruments, ornamental turnery, carving, engraving, tool handles and sporting goods.
• Its root wood is used for tobacco pipes. In village industry Dalbergia sissoo (sheesham) is popular for doors and windows. Sheesham makes the perfect space for Antique Furniture.
• The wood takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth lustre.
• The beautiful natural patterns make for an enchanting finish to enjoy in your home.
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