Custom Cabinet Terms
Category Construction Glossary
Door styles that cover ½" of the face frame at the top and bottom, leaving 1¼" of the face frame exposed.
A custom cabinet door style with an arched top on the wall and door cabinet.
A custom cabinet recessed panel door with vertical grooves, providing a decorative appearance and feel of "Cottage"
A custom cabinet flat panel cabinet door design that incorporates vertical beaded texture on the recessed panel area of
the door. The wood door frame is more simple and constructed with cane and stick joinery.
A custom cabinet door style with a uniquely curved top, similar to church windows on the wall cabinet doors.
Cherry is an elegant, multi-colored hardwood, which may contain small knots and pin holes. Natural or light stains accent
these color variations making a distinctive statement in a full kitchen. Cherry wood will darken or “mellow” with age. This
mellowing is a natural occurrence and the benefit of owning a solid cherry kitchen.
A cabinet build were the hinge is attached to the inside edge of the face frame and to the back of the door. This type of
cabinet construction hides the hinge from outside of the cabinet.
A custom cabinet technique where small indentions, notches, scuffs, etc., are made in the wood to produce an aged look.
A construction method used to reinforce the joining of two perpendicular parts. Wooden cabinet drawer boxes are
The inside bottom piece of cabinet drawers.
The wood or thermofoil face of the drawer that coordinates with the door style.
The hardware installed on drawers that supports the gliding motion of the drawer. The specific drawer guide used varies
depending the drawer construction selected.
The wood panel on the outside (left or right side) of a base cabinet. Also referred to as ends, sides and side panels. This
is the outside vertical cabinet member, supporting horizontal parts.
A piece used to fill any gaps in cabinetry design that is not filled by cabinets to make the design fit the room precisely.
A recessed center panel to a door or drawer design conveying Transitional, Shaker, or Arts and Crafts styling.
The traditional custom cabinet framed has a front frame around the cabinet opening to which the door is attached.
These are the most popular type of cabinets in the U.S. and are easier to install than frame less cabinetry because of
their recessed end panels and rigid front frame. Framed cabinets are available in Traditional and Full Overlay styling
which are explained below. Framed construction utilizes glue, staple and dowel or screw construction.
Frame less Cabinets
Frame less, or European-style cabinets, have no front frame. The doors are attached directly to the sides of the cabinet.
Frame less cabinets, which are more contemporary in style, offer the advantage of completely unobstructed access to
the cabinet interior because there is no front frame. Frame less construction utilizes pin and dowel construction.
Full Extension Drawer Guide
Custom cabinet drawer glides that allow the drawer to be completely extended to the back of the drawer. Full extension
drawers provide complete access to the dept of the drawer box when opening the cabinet drawer.