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Cabinet Construction

Buying cabinetry is a big investment, so it pays to learn something about how they're built and what constitutes quality construction.

How the cabinet door fits over the cabinet box determines its basic type.

A coveted name brand (and hefty price tag) might imply high quality, but to truly ensure quality, it's important to examine cabinet construction and components that often go unnoticed.

The drawers will likely be made of solid wood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF); have framed or flat slab fronts; and be held together with either dovetail, mortise-and-tenon, or butt joints.

You might be surprised to learn that solid wood rarely forms the cabinet box. It's more often used in face frames and doors than in the larger side panel parts.

 
 

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