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NewCabinets

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11-11-2012 07:40 PM

I am remodeling my kitchen, and I have Seacrest2 Dawn Cabinets in them. They are a light colored Birch cabinet. I will not be changing the present cabinets, but instead, I will be adding a wall to an open kitchen, and filling that wall with cabinets.

One cabinet maker has said rather than ordering me the additional cabinets, he can make the same cabinets for me in Maple, and match the color with my present Birch cabinets. I plan to take off one of the cabinet doors, and go by his shop for comparison.

The question I have is this: even if he can match the color fairly well, would it be a mistake to add Maple cabinets to a kitchen that is already half Birch?

His logic is that he can make custom cabinets that will be better than the builders grade Birch cabinets that are in the new home.

Any advice would be helpful.


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Loren

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 08:09 PM

The woods are similar enough in appearance that most
people won’t know the difference.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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casual1carpenter

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 08:12 PM

NewCabinets, how sure is the cabinet maker that he can match style, grain and color enough to satisfy you? Looking at a small piece (sample) and a single door might look a bit different when it becomes a wall of cabinets. Will he build the cabinets on speculation and thereby guarantee your happiness with the finished product?

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 09:57 PM

The problem is the maple will be prettier :)
Ok, that’s subjective. I like birch and the appearance in terms of color would be very close and you could probably get an acceptable match for color. Most maple I’ve used lately has more character than the birsh I’ve also used lately. My cabinet boxes are really nice birch ply. And the insides are pretty (we painted the outsides). I used maple for the face frames and the rails and stiles of the doors. The maple (to me) is a prettier species.

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huff

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 10:14 PM

Did he say why he couldn’t build them in Birch? If he’s a cabinet shop/maker, he should have access to Birch as well as Maple. I personally like the looks of Maple better, but if a customer had Birch cabinets and wanted me to match what they had, I would definitly do them in Birch. Price for both sheet goods and solid lumber should be close in either species.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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NewCabinets

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 01:36 AM

Thanks for the insight. I especially like the idea about simply asking if he can do them in Birch! What a novel concept!

He leaves me the impression that he is not willing to go out on a limb, and guarantee my satisfaction, so it may be a wiser option to just go ahead and stay focused on using the identical cabinets used by the builder. It may take a little longer to work out all the details, but it will be a safer bet.

Thanks for all the helpful input.

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casual1carpenter

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 04:13 PM

Often I have heard the phrase, “can’t see it from my house.” But this is your house and a sight you will see daily. In the end I believe that it is your happiness and satisfaction that matter most. The cabinet maker might make you a better cabinet and offer a better price and like Charlie said “The problem is the maple will be prettier :)” One scenario is that the differences might simply that you love the look and craftsmanship of the customs that you will be disappointed in the builders grade originals. Or they could be close enough that once you forget to look you will not notice so much. Just my thoughts…

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