|Part & Description||Part & Description|
Panel Only the inside of the back panel is ever seen, but it is structurally important because it gives the cabinet rigidity and resistance to racking (twisting out of square).
Frame Applies only to framed cabinets. European style cabinets are built without a separate face frame (See"Cabinet Case Basics" below).
Panel This is the floor of the cabinet. In cabinets with bottom drawers or slide-outs it is never seen, but it is very important to the structural integrity of the cabinet. A weak bottom panel allows the cabinet to twist out of square during handling and installation.
Box This is the drawer proper. Because it is constantly being opened and closed, it needs to be tough with strong joints. The strong drawer joints are dovetail, dowel-pegged and slip joints. All of these will stand up to year after year of use.
Gusset Corner gussets add rigidity to the cabinet, preventing it from racking out of square, and are used to anchor the countertop to base cabinets. You will find them in base cabinets, more rarely in wall and full-height cabinets that have a solid top and bottom panel.
Front The drawer “front” you see on a well-made cabinet is actually a false front that is attached to the drawer with screws. This permits the part you see to be adjusted independently of the drawer itself so it aligns correctly with the other elements of the cabinet. In less expensive drawers, the front of the drawer box (see above) is also the front you see. There is no separate false front.
Guide The guides are roller assemblies that attach the drawer to the case and permit the drawer to open and close easily.
Door This is the primary decorative element of the cabinets. Most of what you can actually see of a cabinet is its doors. They determine the style of the cabinet.
Panel The end panels form the sides of the cabinet and support the face frame and top of the cabinet. They are primary structural elements and need to be very strong. On most cabinets they are 3/4" thick, and even on the least expensive cabinets are seldom less than 5/8" thick. This is one area where cabinetmakers rarely skimp.
|L||Hinge Most of today's hinges are the hidden European type. These have a number of advantages, the most useful is that they can be adjusted to precisely align the door. Older visible hinges requiremore skill to install, but on heritage cabinets these are often the best choice.|
|F||Shelf If a cabinet is not fitted with a bank of drawers, it will have at least one shelf. Most are adjustable.||M||Toe Kick Factory made cabinets include integrated toe kick panels which are extensions of the sides, as shown. Better cabinets include separate toe kick platforms that span several cabinets. These are easier to level so the cabiets that sit on them are also precisely level.|
Tier 1: Custom
Custom cabinetry with 1/2-3/4" plywood box, 3/4" hardwood face frame, dovetailed 5/8-3/4" hardwood drawer sides, hardwood frame and panel doors, full-extension undermount drawer slides, custom finish.
|$1,200-1,400 per linear foot|
Tier 2: Semi-Stock
Semi-Stock cabinetry with 1/2" plywood box, 3/4" hardwood face frame, dovetailed 1/2" hardwood drawer sides, hardwood frame and panel doors, adjustable cup hinges, epoxy-coated side-mounted 3/4 extension slides, stain with polyurethane top coats.
|$450-540 per linear foot|
Tier 3: Stock
Stock factory cabinets with 1/2" particleboard sides, 3/4" hardwood face frame; stapled 3/4" particleboard drawer box, hardwood frame and panel doors, euro cup hinges, epoxy-coated side-mounted 3/4 extension slides, stain with clear coat.
|$360-432 per linear foot.|
Tier 4: RTA
Ready to assemble (RTA) cabinetry with 3/4" melamine veneered particleboard sides, no face frame, metal drawer sides, melamine front and bottom; particleboard doors with melamine veneer, adjustable cup hinges, integral 3/4 extension drawer slides, plastic finish.
|$70 per linear foot not including assembly or installation.|
|Where do StarCraft Custom Cabinets fit into this scheme? Well, you decide.|
StarCraft Custom Cabinets:
Custom and Semi-Custom cabinetry with 1/2"-3/4" plywood box, 3/4"-7/8" hardwood face frame, dovetailed 5/8" or 3/4" maple or oak drawer sides, hardwood frame and panel doors in more than 1,000 styles, full-extension undermount soft-close/ sure-close drawer slides, stain with catalysed clear top coat.
|$320-560 per linear foot|