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Choose the best oak cabinets for your kitchen

Oak cabinets are less expensive than other natural wood cabinets, and their durability is renowned. There is no reason to settle for cheap cabinets if you are on a budget. It's affordable because it's abundant and highly accessible.

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Oak cabinets: 3 important characteristics

Here are some characteristics to look for when shopping for oak kitchen cabinets:

  1. White oak makes the best cabinets--Most of the 300 varieties of oak are classified as either white oak or red oak. White oak makes better kitchen cabinets because it is less porous and more durable. In addition, many believe the color and texture of white oak is superior to that of red oak. Finally, white oak is more resistant to moisture and fungus.
  2. With oak cabinets the cut matters--Oak has a very distinctive grain that is not similar to any other trees. The way your oak is cut affects the appearance of that grain. Oak grain has striping that radiates from the center of the tree to its edge. Spectacular effects can be achieved by quarter-sawing the wood.
  3. Finishes make affordable oak look like expensive wood cabinets--Oak cabinets can be found at reasonable prices, but you don't have to sacrifice quality. One reason oak is less expensive is that it grows all over Asia, where much of the world's cabinetry is fabricated. Oak takes stain well, and cabinets come in a wide variety of rich finishes that can work well in any styled kitchen.

Oak is part of the product lines of cabinet manufacturers like Armstrong Cabinets, MasterBrand Cabinets, and KraftMaid. It is easy to find good quality cabinets--with metal drawer extenders, solid joinery and smooth finishes--at reasonable cost.




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