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Cabinet Door Frame Joints and Why They Matter

Does it matter which cabinet door frame joints are used in your kitchen? When refering to a typical, wood cabinet door, I find that a mortise and tenon joint is the by far the most commonly seen in the main stream cabinets.
mortise and tenon demo This joinery is strong, durable and allows the door frame to “breathe” so it adjust to its environmental factors.
In recent years, there has been a re-emergence of mitered cabinet door frames. A slightly weaker joint that uses slightly more material and is slightly harder to make, but it does have its good points. The most common comment I hear is that it has a pleasing visual effect. The longer, diagonal joint has the ability to trick the eye and blend the joint line where the wood grains change from horizontal to vertical.
Mortise vs Miter
Hmmm, this picture seems to show just the opposite! Do we see a suspicious upgrade where you get to pay extra for a perceived value? There is nothing structurally wrong with a mitered corner and it is usually a sign of extra craftsmanship. If you don’t like the checkered effect of typical stained wood cabinets, you should definitely consider mitered corner doors, especially in the lighter colored stains.

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By Granger Davis

Answers about real Cherry Wood Cabinets

A) Hello Nick and thank you for the inquiry. Yes, The Naples (Toscana) and the Miami (Prestige) both ship from Miami. We can send you a small color chip of each door no charge. A door sample of the is available for $25 (includes shipping) and is refundable upon return. Typically, the sample doors are invoiced through PayPal and shipped UPS ground. Is there a layout or parts list you would like for us to quote?

Q) Thanks for getting back to me. I sourced door samples from another online company, but like your prices better. I’ll be in contact after I’ve checked them out. I’ve yet to find a high quality finish on any of these Chinese RTA cabinets. I don’t really like the “glazing” anyway, but so far most look like they used a magic marker for the darker areas!

A) you are very correct in the Chinese glazing. We offer more than 90 door styles and some of the “glazing” looks like it was applied with a sharpie! The Toscana has no accent lines (single stain with a satin coat) but the prestige does have magic marker lines on the door frame but not on the center panel.The overall finish on these doors is comparable to mid range domestic cabinets (we used to sell merillat and kraftmaid) Check out our specials when you get ready. Right now there is $100 off any order over $3000
Thank You,
Granger Davis

Q) I haven’t got my door samples yet, but have a couple more questions…How would you compare the finish and construction on the Wurzburg Cherry Mocha Stain and Franklin Cherry Mocha Stained Maple to the Naples (Toscana)? I really don’t like big variations in the wood color on the doors and thought the Naples looked more even across the door.

A) Naples, Wurzburg and Franklin all look about the same to me. I suspect the wurzburg and the franklin are exactly the same, probably the same mfg – just different distributors. The doors all have the microgroove at the (frame perimeter) joints. This helps lessen the visual difference between horizontal and verticle grain patterns. The darker stains definetly help hide grain variations but I wouldn’t rely an a single sample piece to be a representative all doors in a particular line. Look closely at the specs on the cerise “cherry”. I doubt you will find real cherry wood coming from china. Quite often there is confusion of wood species vs stain color. Attached is a picture of cherry cider cabinet doors. Real Cherry wood has dramatic grain “movements” and it’s quite common to see pitch marks and filled voids which I suppose is why most true cherry cabinets you see are stained dark.

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