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What are the advantages of the more expensive solid wood kitchen cabinet doors?

Answered by Brett ~ April 26, 2010 ~ 1 Comments » | Respond to this question

I understand that some kitchen cabinet doors are made from solid oak, maple, cherry, and other kitchen cabinet doors are made of plywood with veneers of those woods. Understandably, the costs differ dramatically. What are the advantages of the more expensive solid wood kitchen cabinet doors?

George H. ~ Memphis, Tennessee

Brett Kulina

Your right George, most cabinet manufacturers use both solid wood pieces and veneers when building cabinetry. Solid wood pieces can be used to construct the face frame of the cabinet, the drawer fronts, and many styles of cabinet doors, while veneers are mainly used for the cabinet end panels, flat-style door panels, and sometimes for the cabinet and drawer boxes.

The style of the kitchen cabinet door will determine whether or not veneers will be used in the door's construction. For example, a simple shaker style door will have a flat-panel of veneered plywood set within a solid wood frame. On the other hand, a raised-panel door can not be made from veneered wood pieces because this style requires the edge of the door panel to be shaped and thinned, which would expose the core layers of the underlying plywood.

Therefore, I would suggest that you explore the available styles of kitchen cabinet doors, and chose the one that best suits your taste and the look of your kitchen. The obvious advantage of choosing solid wood cabinet doors is that they are available in more styles and profiles than doors which are made with flat veneered panels.

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