How cabinets are constructed influences the quality and hence the costs of the cabinets. Different construction styles produce cabinets of different levels of durability, and reliability.
If you get off the shelf cabinets at the Home Depot in San Jose or have them custom built, these concepts are the same. All cabinets are built in a similar variety of ways.
This article is about how joints or joins are made. As you hover over a picture below, the name of the type of joint will be displayed.
Dove tail are very solid joints where V shaped notches, or fingers, are made in both pieces of wood being fitted together. This is a very high quality solid joint.
Mortise joints are where a “post” cut into one piece of wood is fit into an opening cut in the other. Mortise joints are typically used to hold the cabinet frame together.
Dado joints are where a grove or slot is cut in one piece of wood and the other piece fits into it. This is an effective way to hold drawer bottoms in place.
Rabbet joints are kind of like dado joints with one side left open.
Doweled joints are where short wood cylinders (called dowels) are used to joint two pieces of wood.
A butt joint is where two pieces of wood are laid against each other, side by side. This joint does not hold without some mechanism of holding the two pieces together.
The strongest joints are made where one piece of wood locks into another, and is then further help in place with glue, nails, and/or screws.
For more details about cabinet anatomy and construction, please visit our article series devoted to kitchen cabinets. Just click the link in the prior sentence.
I hope the information above is useful to you that you are embarking on your kitchen remodel project.
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