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The First Complete Kitchen Cabinet Glossary

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  • KCMA
    The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association is a voluntary non-profit trade association for the U.S. and Canada. KCMA certifies cabinets “that are recognized in the marketplace as a quality product able to perform after a rigorous battery of tests simulating years of typical household use.”
  • Kerf
    Any cut made by a saw.
  • Kiln Dry
    The act of drying wood or green lumber for immediate use.
  • Knife Hinge
    A scissor-shaped hinge where one half mounts to the door while the other mounts to the horizontal part of the cabinet.
  • Knob
    Round device used to open a cabinet. These can be plain or elaborately decorated.
  • Knots
    A blemish in wood grain w here a part of a limb or branch. It is often seen as artistic beauty for cabinetry and furniture. Because wood is a natural material it is common for it to have knots or eyes.
  • Knotty Alder
    Knotty alder is a lighter color wood that varies from a light reddish brown to yellow and is as strong as maple. It is called knotty because of the various knots that can be found in the grain.
  • Knotty Pine
    A softwood that is known for its many knots.