Finish & Construction

The Construction Process

Wall, Base, and Utility cabinets are constucted using high quality materials and hardware. The illustration below identifies the componets of a standard Base cabinet. Wall and Utility cabinets have similar construction. Please refer to Construction Notes  outining differences.​​

Construction Notes:
  • Wall & Utility cabinets have 1/2" plywood top and bottom 
  • Tops/Bottoms of cabinets unfinished plywood visible
  • All cabinets 16-24" in depth feature plastic ploymer locking shelf clips
  • Wall cabinets feature decorative metal shelf rests.
  • All cabinets 9” - 21” wide have one door
  • All cabinets 24” - 36” wide have two BUTT doors
  • Cabinets 42” and wider have 3” center stile
  • Recessed panel Drawer Base cabinets have 1/2” solid wood center panels
  1. 1
    All plywood box
    All-plywood construction means our cabinets are lighter and stronger, which eases installation and lowers the chance of damage during a shipment. Competition uses Engineered wood.
  2. 2
    1/2" Plywood sides
    Plywood sides strengthen the cabinet and prevent damage, while also lightening the cabinet to make installation quicker and easier. Fasteners hold better and allow for flexibility of accessory installation and future adjustments. Competition uses 3/8" or 1/2" engineered wood.
  3. 2
    3/8" Full cabinet height plywood back panel
    3⁄8″ full-height, plywood back panels make installation easy and provides improved stability. Competition uses 1/4" panel with MDF hang rails.
  4. 4
    1/2" Captured on four sides top and bottom
    ½″ plywood tops and bottoms are captured on four sides. They provide stability and durability so bottoms will not cave from heavy weight. Competition uses 1/2" engineered wood.
  5. 5
    3/4" Full-depth plywood shelves
    Full-depth shelves maximize storage capacity. Competition uses 1/2" half depth particleboard.
  6. 6
    5⁄8″ dovetailed, hardwood Drawer Box
    Cabinet-depth, dovetailed, 5⁄8″ hardwood drawer boxes provide the look and feel of fine furniture and maximize storage capacity. Competition uses 1/2" stapled particleboard.
  7. 7
    Full-extension undermount drawer glide
    Full-extension, steel, undermount, ball bearing, buffer-close glides provide easy access to the entire drawer box. The soft-close system quiets drawers and prevents slammed fingers. Competition uses visible side mounts.
  8. 8
    Clear, soft, round door bumpers
    Clear, soft, round bumpers do not compress over time and help quiet drawer closing. Competition uses foam pads.
  9. 9
    6-way adjustable concealed Hinge for full overlay doors
    6-way adjustable concealed higes allow for maximum adjustability. Competition uses 4-way adjustable concealed.
  10. 10
    All door styles are either full overlay or inset
    All full overlay or inset door styles reflect the classic, yet contemporary style you desire. Competition uses partial overlay.
  11. 11
    1/2" Plywood captured I-beam braces for base
    Captured ½″ plywood with I-beam construction provide stability during shipping and installation. Competition uses plastic corner braces.

Finish & Construction

Color Matching Note

Because of Hazardous product shipping regulation and multi-step finish process costs, "matching" paint and stain is not offered. We strongly believe that our colors and sheen cannot be matched outside of our factory process. Therefore we recommend that if a color "match" (or blend) is needed to contact a local paint supplier or retail stroe with a sample color of our product to receive a paint or stan that is applied in the field. 

The Finish Process

  1. Sanding
    From medium to very fine grit sequence. Sanding follows a strict ‘grit’ sequence of sand paper that is completed by a vacuum cleaning of the of the wood to remove all dust and to ensure that the wood surface is free of all dust particles.
  2. Toner Applications
    The  first toner is applied to selected stain components to enhance the natural wood beauty and graining. Then, components are oven cured at 130° F, followed by a second toner application and oven curing.
  3. Wood Conditioner Applications
    Wood conditioner is used before the stain prep coat to prepare the wood surface and to reduce imperfections followed by oven curing at 130° F.
  4. Hand Sand & Dust Removal
    After the wood conditioning has been completed more sanding is required prior to stain to help ensure an even surface.
  5. Stain Application & Hand Wiping
    Stain is evenly applied to all surfaces. This deep penetrating stain is applied for even coverage on all profiles. The wood is then hand-wiped to remove excess stain, emphasizing the natural wood grain and then oven cured at 130° F.
  6. Apply Catalyzed Stain Sealer
    Sealer is applied to protect stain and seal components. All stained components receive two coats of tough, non-yellowing, catalyzed sealer and then are oven cured at 130° F.
  7. Hand Sand & Dust Removal
    A final sanding process is completed to remove dust to prep for final finish application to achieve an ultra smooth finish. After each seal coat is applied and sanded, door is vacuumed to remove debris.
  8. Baked Enamel - Paint Finishes
    An enamel paint is evenly applied to all surfaces and then oven-cured for a uniform surface.
  9. Final Finish Top Coat
    To complete the  finish process a premium quality catalyzed varnish (stain only) is applied toprotect the grain from moisture and lock in the beauty of the wood and then one  final oven curing at 130° F.