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The First Complete Kitchen Cabinet Glossary

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  • Wainscot
    A decorative skin to cover exposed surfaces. Wainscots are mainly used on islands, peninsulas, surrounding kitchen walls and behind and between cabinets to unify the look of the kitchen. This type of paneling initially was used to keep the walls from moisture damage, but is now predominantly used for decorative purposes.
  • Wall Angled Cabinet
    See Angled Cabinet.
  • Wall Cabinets
    Wall cabinets are any cabinet placed above countertops that have one or two doors depending on the width of the cabinet. The depth for these cabinets is twelve inches and the height comes in three standard sizes: 30, 26 or 42 inches. They can have adjustable or fixed shelves.
  • Wall Diagonal Corner
    A diagonal corner cabinet that fits a wall corner.
  • Wall End Cabinet
    See End Cabinet.
  • Wall End Shelf
    A wall end cabinet that has shelves instead of doors.
  • Wall Skin
    A type of skin. The standard wall skin is 12 by 42 inches but can be cut to adapt to shorter cabinets. It is used to finish exposed sides of unfinished wall cabinets.
  • Walnut
    A dark wood that polishes to a smooth finish. It is one of the more elegant woods for cabinetry.
  • Warping
    When wood becomes distorted or swollen. This more often occurs in particle board, MDF or any other engineered wood.
  • Wine Rack
    A lattice-shaped rack used to hold wine bottles.
  • Wood Filler
    Used to fill small holes or imperfections in wood before finishing. Wood filler is made of wood dust, diluents and a binder. Wood filler may be purchased in a variety of colors and can be mixed together to match the wood.
  • Wood Laminate
    A thin composition of wood or plastic that is glued to the cabinet surface for protection, providing a glossy finish.
  • Work Station
    The typical work areas in a kitchen. There are three: Refrigeration, Preparation and Cleaning, and Cooking. Sometimes a fourth, Baking, is including.
  • Work Triangle
    An ergonomic diagram that aids kitchen designers in remodeling a kitchen based on spatial planning and functionality. The three points of the triangle are sink, refrigerator and stove/oven.