Oak cabinets are well known to everyone and very popular in the 70's and 80's. It has been a widely used wood for many years. It is durable and abundant. Solid Cherry cabinets have been used also, but not as often as the oak. The cherry wood is more expensive than the oak, but it has a much warmer look than the oak. It is still a hardwood, but not as physically hard as oak. Maple is considered a fine hardwood. It is durable and dependable. Maple cabinetry and furniture were used extensively mid 1900s. It is harder to get a clean stain without blotches on Maple, but some manufacturers have been successful. Now, we come to Birch. Birch is a hard as Maple. Birch cabinets are very durable. Schrocks of Walnut Creek has developed a method of staining Birch that has it looking like Cherry. Birch is about 20% less that Cherry. Once people see the Birch and consider all the positives to it, they choose Birch over Cherry, in our experience.
Please take a close look at all the woods and it will open new possibilities for you and your home.