The Real Story Behind Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Construction

 Most home owners get starry eyed and forget to take a peep into the guts of the cabinets where the real story lies. This is important, in fact vital for a long life of your cabinets along with your cabinets. Cabinets are similar to human anatomy, just like a pretty face needs a strong body to support it, so does a pretty cabinet need a sturdy frame. A weak hinge or a joint will render the cabinet useless if not dead!


The three main important categories of drawer joint that we want to talk about in this article are: Dovetailed, rabbeted and butt joint. For a analogy of the drawer joints, we will ask you try and imagine one of the following three scenarios.


1st Scenario: Put your arms together, facing each other with your fingers pointing to the sky.


2nd Scenario: Palms facing opposite directions, fingers clutching each other.


3rd Scenario: Palms together and fingers intertwined.


Now of the three scenarios, you will find that the last one is the best in terms of strength. Let us now see the three types of joints that we were talking about.


Butt Joints: The characteristic of cheap cabinets and drawers is cheap particle board products or plywood joined together with nails or staples in a butt joint. Underneath the box bottom the plywood ends are given the same nail or staple treatment. Those with better construction quality slide into the grooves.


Rabbeted Joints: Two boards are connected together by cutting a notch along the edge of one. The dadoed style is a bit different in that the notch is cut in such a way that the other piece of board can be placed perpendicularly. These are more rigid than the previous style with the only downside of a vulnerable lip which can break sometimes. More than one side can be glued together in this style of joining which makes these design inherently stronger.


Dove-tailed Joints: The name is derived from the looks of this joint, these are made with machines which gives it the appearance of a dove’s tail. These fan shaped edges are placed close to one another and the notches intertwined. The outer edge is narrower than the inside edge which makes it impossible for the boards to pull apart. These are seen more often in high quality products and usually entail a dearer price tag because of the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into the manufacturing of these drawers.


The cabinet cases do not matter as much as the drawers themselves because these are the real hard workers, carrying all the load of the pans and pots all their life! Ensure that these are of the best quality that your budget can afford. Take a look at the cabinet collection at which have a magnificent collection of dove tailed cabinets. You can also choose to ask for a convenient demo at your premises.

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