What is a strong lightweight cabinet wood?

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What is a strong lightweight cabinet wood?
There are many types of cabinets woods available but only a few that are light. (kitchen image by yong hong from Fotolia.com)

Wood has contributed a significant role in the progress of civilisation. It has been used as firewood for warmth and cooking, as well as for improvement of the quality of life, such as shelter construction and furniture assembly. Cabinets are examples of home fixtures made from wood for storage space. You can use many kinds of wood for cabinets, and many materials other than wood. But as far as wood goes, strong and lightweight types have the advantage in cabinetry construction.

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Sitka Spruce

Sitka spruce, scientifically known as "Picea sitchensis," has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, and has a smooth and even texture. It is commonly used as lumber, boxes/crates, furniture, musical instrument soundboards, poles for ships and even aircraft components. Sitka spruce is ideal for use in cabinets because of its light weight, and its material is also tough and firm. It's primarily used for indoor use since it is not resistant to decay.


Poplar wood is used extensively for framing in furniture and cabinet structure. It is flexible and lightweight, so it can take on nails and screws without cracking. Versatile in nature, it bears paint well and is usually polished akin to other woods. Normally the wood remains covered by upholstery due to its lack of aesthetic appeal. Poplar wood has a low cost, adding to its extensive use.

American Black Walnut

Walnut is a dark wood that's handy for cabinetry because it provides material that's easy to work with, evenly textured and resilient to decay. It is light but reasonably durable and shock resistant. The wood's popularity lies mostly in furniture construction and has incomparable strength. It does not tarnish, scratch, or bruise readily. Like many other light and strong woods, it can be found in cabinets, high quality fixtures and musical instruments.


Paulownia wood is often used for musical instruments, cabinets, mouldings and furniture. It is easily chiselled and sculpted, and can bear and secure screws and nail. Paulownia wood provides greater support and adjustability for making casts and moulds. In recent times, the wood has served in guitar construction as well. Perfectly suited as high-grade tone wood, it has an airy weight and good resonance and reverberation.

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