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Choosing A Good Quality Kitchen Cabinet

 

If you are planning for a kitchen renovation or shopping for a new kitchen, it is important to choose correctly what should go with your new kitchen. If you will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, isn’t it just right to make it a functional space with all the possible comforts it can offer? Additionally, it should be durable to last for a long time and withstand against possible heavy use.

You will find that most kitchen cabinets are made of different kinds of materials, depending on the price tag. These are often made of particleboard, plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF). Rarely can you find kitchen cabinets that are made completely out of solid wood.

Particleboard is the most commonly used cabinet material. The components of a particleboard consist of wood shavings, sawdust and other wood by-products. Pressure is used to glue these materials together. Particleboard exhibits outstanding screw-holding capacity.

Medium density fiberboard, or MDF, is a high-quality core material. This is made of finer components than particleboard. Unlike particleboard, MDF can be shaped because it has smoother and cleaner surface which can be painted.

Plywood is a composite material made of layers of wood plies. Its composition and the manner each ply is positioned provide this material equal strength in all directions. Plywood usually provides a good cabinet material, especially when it is covered by wood veneer. A cabinet made of plywood covered in wood veneer is referred to as solid-wood cabinet. Therefore, a solid wood mahogany cabinet that you may find in your favorite kitchen store may not at all be solid mahogany but is probably made of plywood covered in wood veneer. Bear in mind that it may only be plywood but it may still be a high quality product. It is often a common misconception that sheet goods like particleboard, medium density fiberboard and plywood possess lesser quality when used as a building material for kitchen cabinets compared with solid wood. On the contrary, sheet goods are even better than lumber in many ways. Solid wood is more expensive than sheet goods. Solid wood is poorly suited to most kitchen cabinet parts. It absorbs moisture. It is often unstable, as it shrinks and swells in response to humidity changes. It can warp and crack when used for sides, bottom, top and back of cabinets. Experts believe that even the best cabinets are made with plywood. However, cabinets made of particleboard or medium density fiberboard can sometimes exceed the quality of plywood made cabinets – depending on the manufacturer. Particleboards are usually used for cabinet interiors to reduce cost since these are cheaper compared with plywood. Cabinets made from these engineered wood products like particleboard, medium density fiberboard and plywood are considered solid wood once covered with veneer, or even paint.

Finally, wood finishing also provides an important factor in determining the quality of a kitchen cabinet. Factory finishes that are found in stock cabinets are more consistent, smoother and last longer compared with cabinets finished in custom shops. This is because large kitchen cabinet manufacturers utilize an automated finishing process. Automation results in a more consistent finish which small cabinetmakers find very expensive to maintain.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Cabinets

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Cabinet Home Improvement – Choices of Wood

 

When doing home improvements, especially cabinetry in the kitchens and/or bathrooms it makes sense to choose the type of wood very carefully. There are all types of what are commonly used wood such as pine, walnut, mahogany, etc. each type of wood has its own characteristics and things to consider.

Pine is a very soft wood obviously, but if you buy the top grade pine it looks delightful after you have stained it. Mahogany is very nice but very expensive. Walnut in the right shade can be a terrific choice, but if you don’t know your woods, and if you are hiring a contractor you should ask their opinion and perhaps even look at samples or pictures of bathrooms and kitchens that they have already done and choose the one that best fits what you’re looking for.

The type of wood is the most important thing to consider, the style and the finished look, you may think is very critical, but really that should be an afterthought. First, choose the type of a way that makes the most sense, and then worry about the finish work, color, and style later. Before you hire a contractor it makes sense to know a good deal about what you really want.

That’s why I often suggest to people to go down to the local Lowes or Home Depot and talk to the people in the decorating department, and ask to look at pictures and samples. In fact, they may be able to recommend a very good local contractor that can do it for you in your price range, one which has an extremely good reputation around town. Please consider all this and please do your homework on the type of wood, it’s absolutely imperative and critical. Think on it.

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How to Install Cabinet Door Knobs

 

There’s a quick and easy way to make your kitchen cabinets look new. Replace the cabinet door knobs. A new set of door fasteners is a quick easy fix to bring new life to any kitchen. So without further ado here’s how to install cabinet door knobs.

The first thing to do is to go out to the store and find some new hardware. Be sure to bring an old door knob with you. By bringing the old door knob you can match the screw holes up. This will save you from having to drill new holes and then find hardware that will cover the holes already in the cabinets.

Now that you have a whole big bag full of door knobs head back into the house and grab a screwdriver. If you picked out knobs that match the same hole pattern it’s just a simple matter of inserting the screws and you’re done. If any of the holes have stripped out just squirt a little bit of wood glue into the hole, let it dry then run the screw through it again.

If however you went with a slightly different style it’s going to take a little bit more work to make sure all the doorknobs line up evenly.

Place the new knob on the cabinet door and move it around until the old screw holes are covered.

Use a pencil to mark through the hardware and mark the door.

While measuring the hole offset is a good way to make sure everything lines up you run the risk of making a calculation error and throwing everything off.

Instead grab 2 pieces of scrap wood, a 2X4, and plywood bolt them together in a T shape.

You can now hold this up to the cabinet door and mark where the new holes are going to be. Trace the edge of the cabinet door onto the plywood then mark the drill hole locations on the template.

Drill screw holes in the hardware jig you just made.

You now have a template you can put on each cabinet door ensuring every hole will be the same.

You’re finally ready to attach the new hardware. Grab the drill and a small pilot bit. By drilling pilot holes into the wood you won’t risk splintering the cabinet facing.

The only thing left to do now is attach all the new door knobs.

Put the screws through the attaching hardware and tighten them into the pilot holes.

Be sure not to over tighten the screws all you need to shoot for is snug. Over tightening can warp the door knob or strip the screw out of the pilot hole.

How to install cabinet door knobs is a simple task. A new set of door knobs can update your kitchen without the major cost of a full remodel. So if your kitchen is starting to look a little run down why not go shopping for new cabinet hardware. The installation is easy and you’ll love the look of your restyled kitchen.

Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops including that offer both items and information on how you can easily furnish and decorate your space. Whether it is knobs for your bathroom or cabinet hardware for your kitchen there are many tips you can use to make those spots both functional and beautiful. Click today and indulge your senses.

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