Oak: From the Pages of History to Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Why is oak a popular choice for kitchen cabinets?

Oak: From the Pages of History to Your Kitchen Cabinets

Evidence suggests that oak wood was used as many as 9,000 years ago in Germany and 7,000 years ago in Ireland. Oak was popular among homeowners in Europe in the 17th century and has remained a constant source for building since then. Oak has held its historical, architectural and cultural interest for centuries and remains a popular choice for cabinet makers. Today, Armstrong brings this historical wood into your own home with stylish, durable oak kitchen cabinets.

That's why, when you are renovating a kitchen, you'll find many choices for oak kitchen cabinets. Believe it or not, some oak trees can live as long as 800 years; it's common for them to reach 300 years. Perhaps this is one reason they have such a strong hold within our culture—we see them as strong and comforting.

There are about 600 species of oak in the northern hemisphere. Wood used to make oak cabinets can be pale, brown or dark in color. Sometimes a variety of oak wood is used to create a contrasting appearance. European Oak wood is often used for kitchen cabinets and has many attributes woodworkers like, including durability and high resistance to preservatives. This wood is also fairly hard and dense, and is resistant to shock loads. European Oak also stands up well to glue, sanding, staining and varnishing, and takes a high polish. If you chose oak kitchen cabinets, make sure you see a quality photo of the finish as it will appear in your room since this wood can vary so much in final appearance. Check out the wide variety of oak kitchen cabinet options at Armstrong.com.

   

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