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4-way adjustable barrel hinge A barrel is one part of a hinge with a hollow, cylindrically shaped section where the rotation bearing force is secured by a pivot.
6-way adjustable WellLine® concealed hinge The functionality of this hinge allows for six-way adjustability, giving you the ability to move the cabinet door up, down, left, right, in, and out. This hinge is not visible when the door is closed.
Adjustable shelves These are shelves that can be customized for your needs using shelf pins which can be inserted into pre-drilled holes. In this way, you can make every shelf the proper height for the specific items you would like to store.
Angled corner This is any type of cabinet that is designed to fit on the end of an upper or lower cabinet, which creates a fixed angle.
Appliance garage This is any space that can store countertop appliances, such as microwaves and toasters, out of sight. They typically sit on countertops as an extension of upper cabinets.
Ball bearing glides These are slides that move on a set of stainless-steel ball bearings in order to provide smooth and quiet operation.
Base cabinet This is the cabinetry that is installed on the floor and will require a countertop material to be applied, as opposed to wall cabinets which are mounted above the countertops.
Base diagonal corner cabinet This is a cabinet structure which is designed to specially fit corners, which are typical areas that space is wasted or lost. They extend the amount of available storage space in the cabinet system.
Bead board These are panels with vertical grooves which give a decorative appearance. The spacing between the beaded grooves may vary depending on the design.
Birch Birch is a species of wood that is durable and a particularly good selection for frequently opened and closed doors. It is typically fairly uniform in appearance with straight grains, and can be stained easily.
Blind corner This is any type of cabinet, whether upper or lower, that is designed to install into the corner of a room. It will require another cabinet to be installed directly adjacent in order to hide the blind portion. It provides access to an otherwise unusable corner, which creates more storage.
Blind mortise and tenon This is a method for joining two perpendicular cabinet members where the end of one is machined on all edges to form a projected tongue, called a ‘tenon’, and the edge on the other is slotted, or ‘mortised’.
Bridge cabinet This is a style of cabinet used to fill the space between two other full-sized cabinets. They are most typically used over stoves, sinks, and refrigerators.
Bun foot This is a round, decorative foot on a piece of furniture.
Burnishing This is a technique where the profile edges of cabinetry have been brushed with a darker glaze in order to achieve an antiqued visual effect.
Butcher block A butcher block is a wooden style of cabinets that is very durable and versatile, and can easily be stained to match the rest of the cabinetry.
Butt doors These are a style of cabinet doors that open toward one another and are not separated by a center stile
Cam locks This is a type of fastener that is used in cabinet construction to lock cabinet doors into one another or the frame for key-only access.
Carcass (Cabinetry) This is the main framework of the cabinets, and does not account for coverings, doors, panels, frames, and non-structural shelves.
Cathedral style This is a curved shape, similar to church windows, that is often used decoratively on cabinet doors.
Center stile This is a vertical strip of hardwood used to form the face frame. It is typically used to divide a cabinet opening equally, and may also be referred to as a ‘mullion’.
Coastal cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically associated with seaside cottages and homes. They are characterized by heavy weathering and natural wood.
Concealed hinge These are door hinges which attach to the back of the door, as well as to the inside edge of the frame, so they are not visible from the outside of the cabinet.
Cope and tenon This is a method for joining two perpendicular members of cabinet door frames. The ends on one member, or ‘rails’, are machined, or ‘coped’, to match the profile of the other member, or ‘inside stile profiles.’ The rails also receive a projected tongue, or ‘tenon’, which is fitted into the groove in the stiles.
Corbel This is an architectural or decorative component that is also used as a support mechanism for bar tops, shelves, mantels, and more.
Cottage cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically associated with cottages and rustic-style homes. They are characterized by soft hues, delicate paneling, and simple accents.
Craftsman cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically associated with the Arts and Crafts movement in England. They are characterized by simple straight lines and minimal ornamentation.
Crown molding This is decorative molding which is applied to the top part of an upper wall cabinet in order to provide a decorative finish.
Dentil molding This is a decorative trim featuring a tooth-like pattern to be used on molding.
Dishwasher panel This is the viewable front of a dishwasher, which can conceal and cover the appliance and disguise it as part of the cabinetry.
Distressing This is an aesthetic technique where signs of wear and tear, small dents, nicks, scratches, and more are made into the wood to create an aged appearance.
Dovetail This is a method of joining perpendicular parts, which is often used to make reinforced joints in wooden drawer boxes. One is machined with an inverted ‘v’ shape, or a ‘dovetail profile’, and then fitted into another part that is machined with the opposite ‘v’ shape cutout.
Drawer front This is the finished front panel of a drawer.
Dry brushing This is a technique to apply a very dark stain in a way that imitates distressing on the surface of the wood panel.
Dummy doors These are fake doors that are used to conceal areas that cannot be accessed while still ensuring they match the rest of the cabinetry.
End panel This is the outside vertical cabinet component that supports the horizontal parts, which are often referred to as ‘cabinet side panels’, ‘sides’, or ‘ends.’
Engineered wood This is a product that is manufactured from scraps and byproducts of lumber which have been reformed with heat, glue, and pressure to make a durable wood alternative.
Epoxy coated glides These are glides that are fixed to both edges of the door that are smoothly coated for quiet drawer opening and closing functionality.
Exposed hinge These are hinges which are visible when the cabinet drawer is shut.
Face frame This is the supporting wood frame which is attached to the front of the cabinet box in order to structurally reinforce it and provide sufficient support for the doors and drawers.
Farmhouse cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically associated with rustic homes and farms. They are characterized by quality hardwood that are left with their raw, natural finish, or painted in white or light colors.
Fillers These are often used between cabinets or near a wall at the end of cabinets in order to cover gaps or be used as decorative accents. There are many styles that can be used to achieve the functional goal with the desired aesthetic.
Finish (Cabinetry) This is the method of personalizing your cabinetry by changing color and characterization, such as glossy versus matte.
Fixed shelves These are shelves that are fully built into the cabinet. Unlike adjustable shelves, they cannot be moved, and they provide additional structural stability to the cabinet.
Flat panel This is a style of cabinet door that is flat, as opposed to raised or contoured. They are characterized by a sleek, minimal aesthetic.
Flute This is a concave, shallow groove which is routed into the surface of the wood. It is usually applied vertically, and commonly used to overlay on a cabinet stile or filler for a decorative appearance.
Framed construction This is a cabinet box which has a face frame. The doors are secured to the frame, which adds additional structural support to the entirety of the cabinet.
Frameless construction This is a cabinet box which does not have a face frame. The doors attach directly onto the inside of the cabinet box, which maximizes access to the space inside the cabinet.
Full access drawer guide These are drawer glides that allow the drawer to be completely extended to the back, also known as ‘drawer slides.’
Full extension drawer guide These are cabinet drawer glides that allow the drawer to be pulled completely outside of the cabinet in order to give full access to the drawer box.
Full extension glides These are a mechanism that allows the drawer to roll out completely for full access.
Full overlay This is a style of cabinet doors and drawers which hides the frame completely, as opposed to a partial overlay which leaves a portion of the frame visible when the door or drawer is closed.
Furniture board This is an engineered wood board manufactured using wood particles, adhesives, and resins under high pressure to bond the material fully together.
Galley kitchen This is a kitchen layout that is long and narrow, with both sides of cabinets and appliances being placed on each side of a central walkway.
Glass rack This is a rack that stores stemware and other glassware, such as flutes and goblets. They may be located inside or under cabinetry.
Glaze This is an accent stain which is applied over the entire door, and wiped off to leave an inconsistent tone that ranges from light to dark all over the grooves and grains. This technique is used to add depth and dimension which can highlight the details of the door, color of the wood, and the base finish color.
Granite counters These are counters made with natural granite stone, which is a durable material available in a wide range of colors.
G-shaped kitchen This is a kitchen layout that has a peninsula used for preparation space and four walls of storage, which increase the number of base cabinets and can optimize navigating the cooking area.
Half overlay/Partial overlay This is a style of cabinet doors and drawers that refers to the amount of frame that is visible when the door or drawer is closed, as opposed to a full overlay which hides the frame completely.
Hardwood These are the dense, close-grained woods of trees such as cherry, maple, and oak.
Heirloom technique This is a technique to add small dents, wormholes, and burnishing.
Hickory wood This is a strong, heavy hardwood known for its distinct grain patterns. Its dramatic appearance features wide variations in color and streaking, and can range from white to nearly black. It also contains random knots and wormholes that add to its varied aesthetic.
Hinges These are jointed devices which are used to attach cabinet doors to cabinets. They allow the door to swing open and closed, and different hinges can accomplish this in different ways.
Inset This is a framed cabinet with door and drawer fronts set ‘inside’ of the frame itself, which is not covered by any portion of the drawer or door.
Industrial cabinets These are a style of cabinets used for heavy-duty storage, often made of stainless steel for longevity and strength.
Island panel This is a large, finished panel that is placed on the back of the cabinets for an island or peninsula to blend them with the rest of the cabinetry.
Kiln–dried This is the process of removing excess moisture from wood to minimize future shrinkage and swelling.
Knob This is a hardware item, usually round, that is attached to doors and drawers to open them or add to a desired aesthetic.
Knot This is a naturally occurring hard node in any wood species, caused by where a branch once grew.
Laminate This is a material created using a thin film that is bonded to the exterior of the cabinet door to achieve a desired aesthetic.
Lazy Susan This is a device that can be placed in cabinets to set items on, and then be rotated in place giving easy access to all stored objects.
Light rail This is a decorative molding that is usually applied to the bottom of cabinets to provide a finished look. It is specifically designed to mask the installation of under-cabinet lighting.
L-shaped kitchen This is a kitchen layout that is made in a kitchen where two walls form a perpendicular angle, and one wall is approximately twice the length of the other.
Maple wood This is a close-grained hardwood that is most often white to creamy colors, although occasionally with reddish-brown tones. It is usually considered more uniform than other species, but may also include distinctive markings such as mineral streaks and curly grain patterns.
Marble counters These are counters made with natural marble, which is distinctive in appearance, though also softer than granite or quartz.
MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) This is a composite wood panel that is made by reprocessing wood fibers in order to produce a flat, stable panel to be used in laminating or finishing.
Melamine This is a slick material that is similar to plastic which is used to cover a substrate of particleboard or MDF.
Mineral streak This is a discoloration in any species of wood which is caused by mineral deposits that the tree extracted from the soil.
Miter This is a joint made by fitting two angled pieces together in order to form a right angle.
Modern cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically contrasting the traditional style. They are characterized by combining woods, laminates, glass, and metal to achieve a unique aesthetic.
Molding This is a strip of material with a profile cut into the facing edges which are used for trimming.
Mortise This is a cavity or hole that is cut to allow a tenon to pass through in order to create a joint.
Mullion doors This is a type of door that creates a stylish appearance and increased space by omitting the center panel and replacing it with horizontal and vertical mullions.
Oak wood This is a wood with uniform grains and straighter grain patterns, which is both durable and lasting.
Ogee style This is a style utilizing ‘s’-shaped curves or moldings that are achieved by making one cut to produce multiple identical pieces.
Onlay This is carved wood ornament made to add a decorative aesthetic to cabinet surfaces, typically used to embellish the design.
Outside corner molding This is a style of molding that is used to cover a raw corner of the cabinet box that may have been left exposed.
Oven cabinet This is a method used to integrate the oven into the cabinet system to unify the aesthetic of the kitchen.
Partial overlay/half Overlay Duplicate.
Particle board This is a material made of wood particles that is pressed from wood chips to create a cost-effective solution to building cabinets.
Pilaster This is a rectangular or column-shaped element used to support shelves or cabinets.
Plywood This is a construction material which is made from thin layers of wood that have been glued and pressed together.
Pull This is a hardware item, usually a straight or curved bar, that is attached to doors and drawers to open them or add to a desired aesthetic.
Quarter round molding This is a style of molding which is used at the bottom of baseboards or cabinets to cover a gap or uneven edge between the flooring and the baseboard.
Quartz counters These are counters made with a manufactured quartz stone, which is a durable material available in fully customizable colors.
Rail These are the horizontal pieces of frames, such as face and door frames. Stiles, or the vertical pieces, and rails, are used to form the frame and hold it together.
Raised panel This is a door style where a thicker center panel is crafted to be flush with the door frame.
Rasping This is a technique using a metal rasp ran over the edges and raised details in order to give an appearance of severe wear.
Recessed panel This is a door style where a thinner panel is inserted into the grooves of the door frame to give a recessed appearance.
Reveal This is the amount of face frame that is visible around the door and drawer front when the door is closed.
Roll-out tray These are small shelves that can be slid out of the cabinet, like a drawer, to provide ease of access to stored items such as pots and pans.
Rope molding This is a style of molding that is milled to appear twisted like a rope.
Rout This is a process used to drill or gouge out an area of wood to join members or for decorative embellishments.
RTA This refers to ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets that are a cost-effective solution as opposed to custom cabinetry. They arrive in flat packaging for the homeowner that also includes all necessary hardware for assembly.
Rustic cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically associated with cabin-style homes. They are characterized by a raw and weathered appearance, sometimes softly distressed and usually focused on a warm aesthetic.
Scribe molding This is a generic piece of molding used for the purpose of trimming and concealing discrepancies where the cabinet meets a sheetrock wall.
Self-closing drawers These are a style of drawers or cabinet doors which feature a built-in element that pulls the drawer or door closed.
Shaker style These are a style of cabinetry typically associated with the Shaker furniture style. They are characterized by clean lines and a functional design made using rail-and-stile construction.
Side-mounted glides These are mechanisms mounted on the side of drawers to open and close the system, which are typically visible when the drawer is open.
Slab front This is a style of cabinet or drawer faces that are characterized by flat features and no frame, panels, or embellishments.
Soft-close drawers These are a style of drawers or cabinet doors which feature a mechanism that takes over the closing movement and ends with a gentle shut instead of slamming.
Stain This is a finish which is applied to natural wood cabinets to enhance color as well as add protection.
Stile These are the vertical pieces of frames, such as face and door frames. Stiles and rails, or the horizontal pieces, are used to form the frame and hold it together.
Thermofoil This is a tough vinyl that is rigid and resistant to scratches which is thermally formed and sealed to MDF in order to provide a durable surface that is resistant to wear and tear.
Toe kick This is the recessed area that is cut out at the base of cabinets and gives space for the toes of those walking around the cabinet space.
Traditional cabinets These are a style of cabinetry typically characterized by elaborate motifs, rich and decorative aesthetics, and colors and materials to create a century-old appearance.
Traditional overlay This is a cabinet door which overlaps with the cabinet opening on all four sides.
Trim This is an addition to cabinets used to conceal raw or exposed edges and create a finished look.
Undermount glides These are mechanisms mounted on the bottoms of drawers to open and close the system, and are fully concealed by the drawer.
U-shaped kitchen This is a kitchen layout that is made in a kitchen where three walls hold the cabinet system, and may also include an island in the negative center space.
Valance This is a decorative hardwood panel that is installed across an open area, which is typically used above desks or sinks.
Varnish This is a clear finish made of oil, resin, and solvents that is used to enhance the natural aesthetic of the wood.
Veneer This is a thin sheet of wood that is bonded to another wood product.
Wall cabinet This is the top cabinetry that is suspended above the countertops, as opposed to base cabinets which sit on the floor.
Wood grain This refers to the grain pattern of natural wood, which can be consistent or widely variable depending on the species of tree used to source the materials.
Work triangle This is a concept used to determine the efficiency of the kitchen layout for the homeowner, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.