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  • Cabinet Clamps
    A device used to secure wood for cabinet making. They are also used to hold two cabinets together during installation.
  • Cam Locks
    A cylindrical lock or fastener commonly used for cabinets that has a tongue at the plug which serves as a bolt. Cam locks are considered to be an easy and secure way to connect cabinet panels. They are commonly found in ready-to-assemble cabinets
  • Carcass
    The body of a cabinet.
  • Carpenter’s Glue
    A type of yellowish glue that bonds wood together. It is commonly made of an aliphatic resin emulsion and mainly used to ensure support for cabinets connected by staples. Carpenter’s glue usually has a longer set time, allowing objects to be placed and adjusted before bonded.
  • Casing
    A type of trim molding around windows and doors.
  • Cathedral
     Neo-Gothic design style. Wall cabinet door panels have an exaggerated arch while the base cabinets are usually square.
  • Cedar
    This wood is known for its scent and is often used for lining closets due to its ability to repel moths.
  • Center Stile
    Vertical strips of wood that divide cabinets for extra support and durability, but prevent the storage of large objects. Center stiles are an old-fashioned look but can be modernly used, usually for cabinets made of lesser quality materials such as particle board or MDF.
  • Centerpiece
    See Center Stile.
  • Cherry
    This wood is extremely hard-wearing and has an elegant close grain which gives it a sophisticated look.
  • Chestnut
    Chestnut is very durable and similar to oak. It is sometimes used for decorative onlays.
  • Classic Crown
    A traditional form of at molding the top of cabinetry that generally refers to a wider crown.
  • Classical
    Also known as neoclassical, classical kitchens are known for being blocky, rectangular and symmetrical.
  • Color Variation
    Differences in the color of pieces of cut wood. Color variations are thought to be part of the beauty and elegances of wood. They are common because wood absorbs stains differently in different parts because of density, dryness, etc. Cabinets made of natural wood will always have color variations.
  • Column
    Beams of support that may be decorated with various moldings.
  • Composite Wood
    See Engineered Wood.
  • Concealed Hinge
    Concealed hinges have two parts a mounting plate and a hinge cup and arm. They are the most modern type of hinge since that are concealed within the cabinets and cannot be seen from the front of the cabinets when the doors are closed.
  • Contemporary
    A kitchen style that is minimal and geometric. Contemporary kitchens are known for their spaciousness and efficiency. It usually includes lighter stained frameless kitchen cabinets and stainless steel, white or black appliances. Contemporary kitchens tend to have a sleek and clean look with furniture that is finished and rounded. The use of wood, metal and neutral colors is also common.
  • Cooktop
    A surface mounted stove usually with four to six burners.
  • Cope and Stick
    A woodworking joint. The stick part is the cut along the inside of the frame and the cope is any piece that meets at a right angle.
  • Corbel
    A type of elaborately designed bracket that is used to support a bar extend. The design derived from the stone corbels on the walls of classical architecture.
  • Corner Block
    Elaborately molded block that hangs from wall corners for style.
  • Corner Cabinet
    Any cabinet that fits in to a wall or base corner.
  • Corner Sink Base
    A base diagonal corner cabinet that allows for a sink.
  • Cornice
    Any moldings or decoration at the top of an architectural element.
  • Corridor Kitchen
    See Galley Kitchen.
  • Country
    This kitchen style is designed to create a homey feel with warmth and comfort. The signature of this style is mismatched furniture, cabinetry, flooring and countertops as well as many patterns. Generally cabinets are distressed and square with rounded accents. Some contain crown and rope moldings. The idea is to have creative and visual stimulation for an overall effect instead of symmetry and simplicity like the contemporary kitchen.
  • Cross Grain
    A grain that runs diagonally or not in a straight direction.
  • Crown Molding Decorative
    Decorative molding for the tops of cabinetry to create a finished look.
  • Custom Cabinet
    Cabinets that do not have to abide by the industry three inch standard. Custom cabinets are personally designed without style and size limitations. These cabinets are often very expensive or overpriced and have a long wait time for delivery.
  • Cutting Board
    See Bread Board.