Help me decide: hickory or quarter sawn white oak for kitchen

bellacucinaDecember 7, 2010

We have a teen, a tween and Bella (our dog) - - I was planning to install quarter sawn white oak in our kitchen & family room, until I compared prices with hickory and found it actually is cheaper (at least on the countryplanks site). It's also reportedly 41% harder than oak, but slightly less stable (8.9 compared to 10.9 or something like that).

Would hickory be better for my dog's nails? We don't wear shoes in the house, but we do play with Bella. Would this factor of stability lead to potential problems with gapping?

I think both woods are beautiful, and would probably stain them - - I've ordered cream painted and dark cherry stained cabs and like a traditional/transitional/contemporary style.

Thanks for any advice or help!!

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booboo60

Dh and I had hickory at our previous house and liked it very much. Now, in our new home we have white oak and I really can't tell any difference in the "hardness". We have a dog and have always had one on both floors and our dogs' nails scratched the hickory just the same as the white oak as far as I can tell. The difference may be that the hickory is a more "busy" pattern than the white oak so that you can't see the scratches as well. Which is the main reason I didn't want it again; it has so many variations in color in the wood I wanted something a little more "calm".
Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 9:42PM
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bellacucina

Thanks twotogo - - our gc is pricing 4" wide white oak for us. I'm hoping the price is low enough so that I don't feel compelled to purchase it myself on the internet. We have oak in our adjacent dining rm and foyer - - so I am comfortable going with oak -- just so many options to choose from; I'm driving myself and DH nuts!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 2:01AM
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dawnetta1_verizon_net

I have been debated Hickory or
Quarter

Sawn
Oak for a arts craft kitchen , does anyone have an idea which would look better for a country type kitchen thanks dawn

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 10:37AM
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