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post #1 of 11 Old 02-17-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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First time remodel, would like to know what is the most durable wood to use? While being able to hold a lighter wood stain.
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My vote is for hard Maple.

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There are several parts to a cabinet. The carcass, the doors and the frame if making face frame. Also the top if you are asking about wood. Many hardwoods are durable for cabinets, some more than others. This may be a finish or assembly question and not a wood question.

What are you looking for in durability. Have you had problems in the past? Also if you had past problems which part did you have the problem with. Many durability problems result from the material used for the carcass in cheaper cabinets and water damage.
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First time remodel, would like to know what is the most durable wood to use? While being able to hold a lighter wood stain.
I love the look of beech if it's got to be light stain. It also looks nice without stain. Not as white as maple. More classy than oak. I used it in a bathroom once. Durability really should not be an issue. For me unless it's a work bench maple is just too hard. I'm currently doing a small kitchen in birch. But it's going to be painted.

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Thank you everyone very much, all these ideas helps a lot. :)
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Thank you smank you. What have you decided?
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I built our cabinets out of hickory.

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Beautiful work guymnt, do you have any other pics? Im really liking the hickory.
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I can send a couple I have on my phone. I will send some better ones when I get home this evening.
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I appreciate it! Hope Im not derailing the thread here; my wife and I are planning to redo our kitchen and we both really like your layout and finishes.
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Here are a couple more. The kitchen was only 9 feet wide and there was no entrance to the attached garage. We eliminated a bedroom to make a nice size kitchen. Notice the rope lighting in the toe kicks. They are on a motion switch so when we walk into the kitchen they stay on for about five minutes.
Hickory is extremely tough on tooling. I had to grind my planer knives at least three time just planing the door panels.
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