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The First Complete Kitchen Cabinet Glossary

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  • Ball Bearing Guides
    Smooth gliding guides that are usually sidemounted. These guides slide on small metallic balls that bear the weight of the drawer.
  • Bamboo
    Bamboo is incredibly strong but lightweight. It is also very versatile and can be used for decorative woodwork or furniture.
  • Base Angled Cabinet
    See Angled Cabinet.
  • Base Cabinet
    Cabinets with at least one drawer on top and one door below that are placed underneath countertops. These tend to be larger and contain the most amount of storage space. Sometimes base cabinets have pull-out drawers or trays. The standard depth for base cabinets is 24 inches.
  • Base Diagonal Corner
    A diagonal corner cabinet that fits a base corner that goes in at a 45 degree angle to provide more counter and storage space. It may feature adjustable or fixed shelves or spinning trays.
  • Base End Cabinet
    See End Cabinet.
  • Base End Shelf
    A base end cabinet that has shelves instead of doors.
  • Base Skin
    A type of skin that is usually pre-cut to 24 by 34.5 inch skins to accommodate the toe kick area. It is also used to finish exposed sides of unfinished base cabinets.
  • Base Spice Drawer
    See Spice Drawer.
  • Baseboard
    The molding where the wall meets the floor.
  • Bauhaus
    A design that utilizes industrialism and functionality. It started in the Bauhaus school in Germany in 1919.
  • BBB
    The Better Business Bureau is a U.S. organization that promotes ethical business practices and provides consumers with information about a variety of businesses.
  • Bead Board
    A type of paneling that consists of thin raised strips that flow into each other.
  • Beech
    A very strong hardwood that is often used for stock cabinets.
  • Bevel
    An edge that is not cut at a 90 degree angle, usually 45 degrees.
  • Birch
    Commonly used for veneer, birch wood may also be used for cabinetry. It is a light colored wood that may be slightly stubborn with stains.
  • Bird's Eye
    A type of wood grain that contains small circular areas resembling a bird’s eye.
  • Bread Board
    A slide out, flat piece hidden under the countertop and within a cabinet. It is used to cut and prepare food. Bread boards are a more old-fashioned style developed to prevent cuts in Formica countertops and are hardly found in modern kitchens.
  • Bridge Cabinet
    Any wall cabinet that is less than 30 inches high.
  • Bumper Pads
    Peel and stick pads used to protect cabinet wood from banging and noise. They are most often made of cork, plastic or felt.
  • Burl
    Swirls and twists in wood grain usually near knots but may be caused by natural damage during growth.
  • Burnishing
    A type of polishing that makes wood look shiny without a gloss finish coat.
  • Butcher Block
    A cutting or carving board, block or table used for food preparation and to prevent counter damage. Butcher blocks come in two grains edge and end; edge grain butcher blocks are made of lumber planks while end grain blocks are made of shorter pieces of wood.
  • Butt Door
    Two doors on adjacent cabinets that open toward one another instead of away.
  • Butt Hinge
    Butt hinges are types of exposed hinges usually used in closets or old-fashioned kitchen cabinets. They consist of two plates adjoined by a pin to attached cabinet and door.
  • Butt Joint
    These are woodworking joints that are used for cabinet carcass and face frame assembly. It consists of two pieces of wood that meet at a 90 degree angle and nailed together. They are also called square-cut joints.