Hickory Kitchen Cabinets

Hickory kitchen cabinets are very popular, although not everyone will like the natural look of this fine wood. Hickory has a very distinctive grain and color pattern, it lends itself to a more traditionally rustic kitchen. Knotty hickory is very rustic looking and it is perfect for log cabins, cottages, and other rustic style kitchens.

Hickory is harder than maple, oak, and most other hardwoods used commercially for kitchen cabinets. Hickory also has a grain pattern that gives it more stability and is a major factor in the overall durability of this wood species.

hickory base cabinet

Speaking of species, Pecan is commonly sold as an exotic wood. Pecan, Carya illinoinensis, is a species of Hickory, they both belong to the genus-Cayra.

Pecan often commands a ridiculously high price. Why pay the extra price, when a Hickory cabinet can give you all of the benefits of Pecan without the huge price tag. Sure, the colors may be slightly different but not enough to warrant the total disregarding of Hickory.

hickory upper cabinet

Getting back to the durability of Hickory, this wood will take any and all abuse in the kitchen. When properly finished this wood will resist moisture, grease, smoke, and any other contaminant your kitchen can produce. Hickory is probably the most stable wood that can be used for any woodworking project.

Colors of this great wood run the gamut, from light creams in the sapwood to deep dark browns in the heartwood and knots. It's possible to to use all areas of the tree in your cabinets for rustic kitchens, or choose the sapwood or heartwood for a more refined looking kitchen.

When choosing a hickory kitchen cabinet it's important to choose the best built cabinet your budget allows. Hickory is a lifetime type of wood, meaning it WILL last a lifetime if the carcass of the cabinet will allow it. Check out my cabinet construction page for more info on just what makes a cabinet, a good cabinet.

A Quick View Of Rustic Hickory Cabinets

Tips When Considering Hickory Kitchen Cabinets

  • Hickory has a look that is not standard. When choosing other furniture and hardware be sure to take a sample of the wood along with you. Just to make sure the colors and grain patterns go well together.
  • Hickory is not a wood everyone will like in natural form. Painting the wood will cover up the distinctive patterns and colors of this wood. It may be a better choice to choose a less expensive wood if you do decide to have painted cabinets. Hickory will still be a great choice because it paints nicely, but it's an expensive wood to paint.
  • Hickory is also available in RTA cabinets. Ready to assemble cabinets are much less expensive to ship, if you should need to go a long distance to find Hickory wood cabinets.
  • This wood is expensive, there's no doubt about that, and custom made cabinets are also expensive because of this. Of course the only way to get a perfect fitting cabinet into any kitchen is have it custom made. You could also buy stock cabinets for most of the kitchen and only have custom cabinets in the areas that require them. Just be sure that the cabinet maker can match the colors and grain as closely as possible.
Hickory is a fantastic wood. In choosing this wood you are guaranteeing yourself a lifetime of durability. Just be sure to get a sample before you decide to spend thousands of dollars.

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