Cabinetry Construction - Deconstructed! Part 5

A few months ago, I began a series of blog posts on cabinetry construction. In this fifth and final part of our series we will explore the different joinery methods used to construct our cabinet boxes.

Cabinet Box Construction - Joinery Techniques

Not only is it important for your cabinets to look beautiful, they must also perform for decades for you.  At Dura Supreme we look at every detail in our construction methods to assure we are using the highest quality joinery techniques for your new cabinetry. 

Let's take a closer look at the different joinery methods we use to construct our cabinetry.

Dado Joint - a dado joint is a groove that is cut into a board or panel that the edge of another board/panel can fit into. 

Dado joints are used in many areas of cabinet construction such as attaching the cabinet end panel to the face frame or capturing the bottom of the drawer box as discussed in part 3 of our series.

Dado Joint

Dado Groove

Rabbet Joint - a rabbet joint is a notch or step that is cut into the edge of a board to accept the edge of another board to form a 90 degree angle.  It is similar to a dado cut except one side is left open. 

A rabbet joint is used to attach the cabinet back panel to the cabinet end panels as shown below.

Rabbet Joint

Mitered Joint - A mitered joint is created by cutting the face frame and the cabinet end panel at a 45 degree angle and assembling the two cut edges together. 

Not all cabinets are manufactured with a mitered joint!  This is a premium joinery technique and only seen on custom cabinetry.  The mitered joint is a highly desirable and beautiful joint since it eliminates any visible end grain of the wood face frame and does not have any visible seams between the cabinet end panels and the face frame.

Mitered Flush Finished End

Doweled Joint - a doweled joint uses round wood dowels (or pegs) that are pressed and glued half way into holes drilled into one piece of wood.  The protruding part of the dowel is then fit into holes drilled into the matching piece of wood.

The doweled joint is used in the construction of our Alectra (Frameless) cabinetry due to the different construction methods that are used to construct a frameless cabinet box.  In part 1 of our series we discussed the differences between Framed and Frameless construction.

Doweled Joint

Doweled Joint


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