Terminology

FRAMED CABINETS

Cabinets with a wood frame that is attached to the front of the cabinet box. Framed cabinets are very sturdy and the most common type of cabinets in the U.S.

FRAMELESS CABINETS

(European style cabinets) – Cabinets with the doors directly attached to the cabinet box (no face frame). Frameless cabinets offer a very clean modern look and since there is no face frame, when the doors are open you have the entire cabinet accessible.

HINGE OVERLAY

The amount of the cabinet (or face frame ) that the doors cover. For example an opening 12 inches wide x 24 inches tall would require a cabinet door the following sizes:

3/8 Overlay - 12-3/4 (12 + 3/8 +3/8) x 24-3/4 (24+3/8+3/8)

1/2 Overlay - 13 (12 + 1/2 + 1/2) x 25 (24 + 1/2+1/2)

5/8 Overlay - 13-1/4 (12+5/8+5/8) x 25-1/4 (24+5/8+5/8)

MDF

MDF is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.[1] MDF is more dense than plywood. It is made up of separated fibers, (not wood veneers) but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much more dense than particle board.

CONCEALED HINGES

– Often referred to as European style hinges are a very strong and adjustable cabinet door hinge that are not visible from the outside of the cabinet.

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