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All-Wood Kitchen Cabinets


Sometimes we get asked if our cabinets are constructed with only wood components. Here’s the answer…

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First, let’s define the term “all-wood.” In the cabinet industry, the term “all-wood” refers to the consistency of the materials used to build a cabinet.

All-wood materials consist of solid wood or plywood (thin layers of wood glued together). Let’s take a look at plywood first.

This construction of plywood gives it its strength and stability, and makes it less susceptible to warping and cracking than solid wood. Plywood can be made from a variety of hardwood or softwood species and can be finished with a stained or painted veneer. Our framed cabinet boxes are made from high-quality plywood (backs are made of MDF).

Particleboard, on the other hand, is made from wood particles that are bonded together with a synthetic resin. The particles are typically small chips or sawdust, and the resulting board is uniform in density and strength throughout. Particleboard is used for our standard shelving, which can be upgraded to plywood.

You may also hear about MDF or HDM material, which consists of wood fibers pressed and held together with a resin. HDM material is used often for our painted doors and drawer fronts. It can be machined for profiles. It is a sturdy material that is less likely to warp than solid wood. Painted Showplace doors and drawer headers may be made with HDM material.

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