Just a quick tip on how to get more function and more usable space out of your RTA Cabinets. This discussion is about your sink base cabinet. The sink base typically has a false drawer front rather than a working top drawer as the installed sink will leave no room for a sliding drawer box. Many of the home stores sell aftermarket hardware that allows the sink front to “tilt out” so you can store small items behind the false drawer front. A better solution is a bottom drawer cabinet.
Most custom and semi custom cabinet shops are more than happy to build this base cabinet configuration …. for a price …. however I have not seen any rta cabinet lines offering such a cabinet. Fortunately for the consumer, its quite easy for a handy person to take a standard unassembled rta base cabinet and convert it to a bottom drawer sink base.
how to make a better sink base using a standard base cabinet
The process is simple if done during assembly. The drawer guides will need to be repositioned where they attach to the back panel and the floor panel will need to be raised so that it sits just above the drawer. You may need to install cleat stock on the cabinet’s interior perimeter so the floor panel is nice and sturdy. One word of caution: make sure the plumbing supply lines and drain are well clear of your working drawer… especially the extra depth for the pea trap!
Rather than a sink base cabinet with full height doors or a space wasting false drawer front, I always suggest a standard base cabinet with a flipped frame. Easy and functional…works for cook-tops as well. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. ADI Supply 386-761-4946
by Granger Davis
Bottom Drawer Sink Base
RTA Vanity Sink Base
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.
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.
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
The truth is that kitchen cabinets that are in stock, on the shelf and ready to sell have far superior delivery logistics over cabinets that need to be fabricated, stained/painted, inspected, packaged, etc. In stock kitchen cabinets pretty much originated with the Kitchen Kompact style of unassembled cabinets also known as flat packs. The efficiencies of warehousing a ready to ship inventory of cabinets was slow to catch on. Consumers were quite leary of the limits in sku, limited color and finish. With no modifications or semi custom choices, there was severe limits to acceptance, even into the new construction and low end of the remodel market. As the housing boom of the 90s began heating up, a demand was building for a quicker, more efficient cabinet package. With Chinese imports ramping up and the demand for factory cabinets was pushing manufacturers to the very limits of production, It was obvious that the time was right for a change in the cabinet industry. Of course now we know them as RTA Cabinets or ready to assemble cabinets. Containers full of Chinese RTA Cabinets have proliferated into just about every niche of the cabinet business. What started out as a small segment at the low end of the market is now pretty much a mainstream, “American Cabinet”. You can now walk into any Home Depot and select from Factory Made (semi custom) cabinets with a 2 month lead time or you can select from the RTAs and walk out the door with a Kitchen in a Box!
by Granger Davis