Traditional face-frame hickory cabinets usually had frames, drawers and doors made of cherry, pine or maple. These remain popular choices, but many furniture cutters now use Asian and South American forests, and the domestic forest like beech, ash and hickory. Some special conditions in Hickory will determine how well it performs in the kitchen.
Hickory has a relatively strong grain with more than average color variation within a single piece of wood. A careful selection of wood and a thoughtful use of its wide color variation will produce a beautiful cabinet. Missing color match will produce a spotted look cabinet. Faces that use parts of quarter sawn wood create symmetries to enhance and enhance the design. Quarter sawn cuts and veneers come from a log cut in quarters. Thin slices of adjacent quarter sawn faces appear almost identical.
Hickory performs very well compared to other hardwood in strength tests. It has a high modulus of elasticity, which means it takes a lot of effort to bend it. For most Hickory tested varieties. The effect fall to failure test required more than a 6-drop foot many other types of wood failed in an interval between 25 and 39 inches. In three different compression and shear tests, only another tree, black carob, tested higher. Strength and density correlates, however, and the high density of Hickory have contributed to its in use. Many commercial furniture cutters prefer to work with lighter woods. Pushing Hickory through a table saw blade requires more effort than many other hardwoods, and wings will wear faster.