The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Glass DoorThe patented Wedge-Lock Glass Securing System is a totally original concept for securing the glass in the Door Rail. This alder cabinet has a very unique valance, the mini corbels were purchased from a supplier, while the arch was cut using a scrollsaw. The panel for each door which I made out of MDF plywood was hand cut using a jigsaw, then ran through another shaper to create the raised panel you see now. Any storage items that do come with your cabinet are of lower quality, typically a white coated wire.

I did not get a painted picture of the final product but I saw it. It was painted yellow with flowers and vines on the door panels. A dozen years ago, when I was a product development manager for a large cabinet component manufacturer, we used to talk about what affect China would have on kitchen cabinets. Wainscot panels for backs of islands are generally not available, so you must use either standard door panels or plywood.

However, as a savvy buyer, you still need to be aware of what makes a quality cabinet (regardless of where it is made) and what you may be sacrificing when you purchase imported cabinetry. Cabinet Box: The cabinet box is generally touted as ‘all plywood’ and it is. However, the plywood itself is purchased with low price in mind, so it is common to experience peeling veneers and severely warped panels. Finishes: In an effort to keep things inexpensive, most importers stock a selection of 6-8 cabinet doors , styles/finishes.

Therefore, most of them use a cam lock mechanism where the cabinet face frame and cabinet sides/top/bottom are held together with a hook type faster that engages the opposing piece when a screw is turned. If you are fond of the ‘Brighton’ door, you had better reconcile yourself to the finish it comes in. The finishes are typically water based or use atypical solvent properties, so repair can be a problem if you need to touch up a scratch. Door Styles: As indicated above, you are generally limited to the 6-8 door designs that are in stock and you must take them in the color they come with.

Its not uncommon for the finish to wipe right off with your rag that has the repair material on it. Stains are always applied with spray equipment as opposed to wiped on with a rag, an issue which often leads to color drift from batch to batch and different colors from piece to piece (such as a filler compared to a door). You have to choose from a small assortment of wall cabinets that are able to accept glass. This is no big deal except with cathedral door designs where there is a distinct left/right.

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