We use a wide variety of species for building cabinets.  To compare the different types of woods, I used a couple of different factors.  First is the price per board foot and the second is the hardness or Janka scale.  The price per board foot depends on basic economic factors of supply and demand.  The Janka scale refers to the amount of pressure, pounds per square foot, applied to a wood surface in order to intent or mar the wood.  I have included a chart to compare different wood species that we have used in our shop.

Left scale is the hardness and the bottom scale is the price per board foot.