Hickory kitchen cabinets have a relatively strong grain with more than half color variation within a single piece of wood. A careful selection of wood and a thoughtful use of its wide variation of colors produce a beautiful cabinet. The lack of color produces a walk-party irregular looking. Faces opposite sections using wood quarter sawn create symmetries that enhance and strengthen the design. Hickory kitchen cabinets perform very well compared to other hardwoods in the stress tests. Has a high modulus of elasticity.
To test the most varieties of walnut, the “drop impact failure” test requires more than a drop of 6 feet. Much other timber failed in a range between 25 and 39 inches. In three different compression and shear tests, just another wood, black locust, tested higher. Strength and density correlate, however, and the high density of hickory kitchen cabinets have contributed to its utilization.
A hardwood resists dents, scratches and general wear. Domestic timber without Janka tested widely used higher than hickory. Tested twice as hard as teak and black walnut, and almost half again as hard as hard maple. From the standpoint of appearance, weight, strength and hardness, hickory remains an excellent choice for woodwork.