Cabinet construction is a critical component to the longevity and functionality of the cabinet. This section deals with cabinet terminology and how Sawdust Ltd. builds your cabinets.
Face Frame - These are traditional cabinets that have a wooden frame attached to the face of the cabinet box. The paint grade cabinets shown in the kitchen section of our gallery are face frame cabinets.
Frameless - These cabinets do not cover the face of the cabinet with a separate frame. Frameless cabinets have the best space utilization. They are also known as Euro or 32mm. The stain grade cabinets shown in the kitchen section of our gallery are frameless cabinets.
Sawdust Ltd. defines three main categories of cabinets within the two types of cabinets.
Base - These cabinets sit on the floor and support a separate work surface top, such as a kitchen counter or desktop.
Tall - These cabinets also sit on the floor and do not have a separate work surface top, such as a pantry cabinet.
Wall - These cabinets are attached to a wall and are usually above a base cabinet. They can also be referred to as upper cabinets.
Cabinet Construction Standards:
Sawdust Ltd. uses American made sheet stock that conforms to formaldehyde content requirements for our cabinets. We also offer "Green" and formaldehyde free materials.
All of our cabinets are constructed the same way. Cabinet boxes use ¾ inch material and are glued and dowelled together. They are assembled in a cabinet press to ensure that they are square. Backs are either ¼ inch thick set in a dado with ¾ inch nailers behind the back or one half inch thick set in a rabbet joint then glued and stapled.
All exposed faces are edge banded with the appropriate banding material to match the finished box. Adjustable shelves are edge banded both front and back.
Face frames are made of the appropriate hard wood for the cabinet box. In the case of paint grade the face frame is glued and nailed to the face of the cabinet box. In the case of finish grade the face frame is glued and pocket screwed from the cabinet side or tendons when the cabinet side is exposed.
Separate toe kicks support cabinets when starting from the sub-floor or adjustable legs when starting from a finished floor. Toe kicks are made from exterior grade plywood, to handle water, and exposed surfaces are laminated with shop maple veneer for paint grade or cabinet matching veneer for stain grade. When legs are used the exposed faces are the same as toe kicks.
Drawer boxes are made from 5/8 inch Hard Maple that is dovetailed with a 3/8 inch plywood bottom. Drawers 30 inch and wider have ½ inch bottoms. Drawer boxes are pre-finished. Concealed hinges and drawer slides are by Blum.