Smooth gliding guides that are typically side mounted. They slide on small metallic balls that bear the weight of the drawer.
Door on a double door cabinet that when closed, nearly touch each other. Typically, a 1/8" gap is allowed between the butt doors.
Cylindrical lock or fastener commonly used for cabinets. Often there will be a male and female part. Once inserted, simply turn the metal piece 180 degrees clockwise to lock into place. We do not offer cabinetry with cam lock systems.
Vertical strips of wood that divide cabinets for extra support and durability. Usually seen on larger width cabinets when you open the door it will be in the center.
Hinge that is not visible on the front of a cabinet door. Concealed hinges are attached to the inside surface of the door.
Groove that is cut into a piece of material so that another piece may slide into it. The inside surface of cabinet drawers may be dadoed with a groove to accept the drawer bottom panel which helps make for a stronger joint between the drawer side and bottom panels.
Wood joinery that is used to connect drawer sides to the drawer face without the use of exposed hardware. These joints are known for their durability. The wood is cut in a series of angled portions that look like dove tails. These “tails” interlock and are difficult to separate once attached. There are differnet cuts of dovetail such as english, french or even bull nose. Some dovetails are a hybrid of both.
A fast drying white protective coating that is baked into hardware metal guides. It is low VOC and can be used for side mount and under mount hardware.
Hinge type that is visible on the outside edge of the cabinet door when the door is closed.
Wood frame that is attached to the front edges of the top, bottom and sides of the cabinet box. The door gets hinged to the face frame. This frame helps provide rigidity to the box. Cabinet designs that incorporate this feature are called "framed" or "face-frame" cabinets.
Cabinet design that uses a face-frame which is typically a wood frame attached to the front edges of the cabinet box where the door hings onto.
Cabinet design that does not use a frame on the front outside edges of the cabinet box. The front of the cabinet box is formed by the edges of the top, bottom and side panels of the cabinet box. The cabinet door typically covers these edges when closed.
Hardware that provides full-access to drawers and allows the drawer to pass the face frame fully opening.
Cabinet design where the cabinet door or drawer front covers the entire face frame so that only the cabinet door is seen with no part of the face frame visible. A cabinet is also considered full-overlay when the reveal is ¼ inch or less.
This refers to solid wood doors with a painted finish.This is not a defect and replacements will not be issued for this characteristic. It not the result of finish failure, but the result of expansion and contraction of the door’s framing. Most cabinet finishes, like any other cabinet finish, does not expand and contract well in multiple directions. So, when the top and bottom rails of cabinet door expand/contract in one direction and the left/right door stiles expand/contract in another, the painted finish cannot ‘keep up’ with the drastic wood movement taking place below it, especially at the joint where these forces are greatest and in direct opposition to each other. Something has to ‘give’ and the paint fractures at the place the stiles and rails meet…the door joint. Sometimes the crack will be more noticeable than others as the wood continues to expand and contract. This is why many manufacturers from economy to high-end are moving more and more to MDF or HDF material for painted finishes. There is no sure way to predict whether a specific item will crack or not. The information here is not stating it will certainly happen, but informing that it may happen.
Cabinet design where the cabinet door or drawer front partially overlaps the face frame. When the drawers/doors are closed, more than ¼ inch of the face frame remains visible.
While our premium line offers hardwood HDF as pictured here, some manufacturers will refer to a full MDF/HDF door as paint grade. You may also find some places use "paint-grade" in reference to an all wood door that is an economy level wood so it can have a center panel that is wood. If you need more information always ask questions before ordering cabinetry.
Cabinet design where the doors fit inside of the face frame when closed (rather than overlapping and sitting on top of the face frame).
Wood-based product that's produced by the combination of very small wood fibers and a glue, resin or similar bonding agent. MDF can be more easily shaped than products like particle board due to the consistency of the material formed by the small fibers. MDF can be used for shelves, doors (typically painted or covered with melamine) and other cabinet parts. It is very dense and resists warping. It is commonly seen in the center panels of recessed cabinet door styles (like a Shaker door) to prevent warping and cracking of the center panel during the wood’s natural expansion and contraction throughout the year.
Durable plastic, similar to laminate that can be applied to certain areas of cabinets. It is easy to clean and resists stains, chipping and fading.
Woodworking joint where two beveled pieces adjoin to make a 90 degree angle.
Wood joinery that involves part of one piece being inserted into a notch or hole in the mating piece. A typical mortise and tenon joint has a square protrusion coming off the end of one piece that fits tightly into a square hole or notch in the piece it's joined to. The pieces that make up the outer frame of a cabinet door might be joined using this technique.
Overlay refers to the amount of face frame that is covered by the cabinet door or drawer front.
Design where the cabinet door or drawer front partially overlaps the face frame. When the drawers/doors are closed, more than ¼ inch of the face frame remains visible.
Wood product made up of very small wood pieces and fragments that are fused together with a glue or resin under mechanical pressure.
All wood product made up of several layers of wood with the grain direction running at different angles with respect to each other. This orientation gives plywood greater strength and stability in comparison to solid wood. It reduces the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges and reduces expansion and shrinkage, providing improved dimensional stability.
Horizontal pieces of a face frame or door frame (in contrast to a "stile" which is the vertical member of the frame).
Back of cabinets will have approximately 1/4" plywood panel with a frame of plywood attached over the top which can be 1/2"-5/8" thick. This looks like a frame around a recessed panel. The plywood frame is considered a hang rail. Click to view example.
The exposed portion between the end of the cabinet face frame and the door.
Drawers that have mechanisms or magnets that guide the drawer closed. These are not soft-closing.
Drawer hardware that is mounted on the side of the drawer.
A flat door panel with no design, moldings, recessed or raised areas. Commonly gives a more contemporary appearance.
Drawers guides containing a piston that respond to various levels of pressure and weight, absorbing the impact and closing the door slowly and safely.
The vertical pieces of a face frame or door frame (in contrast to the "rails" which are the horizontal pieces of the frame).
Drawer hardware that is mounted underneath the drawer. Under mount guides can usually carry more weight than side mount guides.
Very thin layers of wood applied to plywood or MDF before it’s treated with stain. Veneers can be used on the sides of exposed cabinets (for example, on the end of a run of cabinets) and on the interior surfaces of cabinet boxes.
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