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Custom Kitchen Cabinet Construction Details

Woodcraft cabinets are made the way we would make them for our own homes. Details like 3/4”shelving and doors, English-dovetailed drawer joints and European-style metal drawer glides are among the craftsmanship features most desired in cabinetry today. Plus, the advantages of real wood versus particle board, creates a cabinet that has no limitations when it comes to finishing, and is at home in the naturally moist environment of kitchens and bathrooms. As a result, our cabinets are ready to finish and ready to install.

  • Over 1,000 cabinets available in Maple or Oak 
  • All cabinets are fully assembled, ready-to-finish and install
  • Face frame stiles and rails are 3/4” thick solid wood
  • Face frame stiles and rails are 1-1/2" wide, but center stiles are 3" wide (option available for no center stile)
  • Cabinet face frames are pocket mortised, glued and screwed for long lasting durability
  • Solid wood doors and drawer fronts are 3/4” thick
  • All doors are pre-hung with concealed adjustable hinges
  • Cabinet sides are 1/2” thick birch plywood (finished sides come in Maple or Oak)
  • Adjustable shelves are 3/4” thick plywood
  • All cabinet backs are 1/4” plywood dadoed into the sides
  • All drawers are constructed with 1/2” thick solid wood sides
  • 75 lb. test European-style drawer glides
  • Custom sizing is available

Base Cabinet Features:
unfinished kitchen base cabinet features


Wall Cabinet Features:
unfinished kitchen wall cabinet features

Cabinet Details

Base Cabinets:

  • Standard base cabinets are 34 1/2” high and 24” deep, have working drawers, one base shelf and one half-shelf.
  • Sink bases have one base shelf and false drawer fronts.
  • Sink fronts are fronts only, with a toe kick attached.
  • Three-drawer base cabinets have one 3 1/4” and two 8” drawers.
  • Minimum cabinet width and depth for drawers: 12”
  • Cabinets less than 12” wide have a solid door (raised, flat panel, cathedral and arch not available).
  • Toe kick cutout: 4-1/2” high x 3" deep (non-stain grade material; when finishing, order matching toe kick or base moulding)


  • Standard vanities are 31” high and 21” deep and have false drawer fronts. Tall vanities are 34 1/2” high.
  • Narrow (shallow) vanities are 31” or 34 1/2” high and 18” deep and have false drawer fronts.
  • Three drawer vanities are 31”or 34 1/2” high and 21” deep, and have two 5” and one 3 1/4” drawer.
  • Combination vanities are 31” or 34 1/2” high and 21” deep.
  • 30” wide and 36” wide combination vanities have two false drawer fronts, two working drawers and one door.
  • 48”, 54” and 60” wide combination vanities have two false drawer fronts, three working drawers and two doors. 42” wide combination vanities are the same, except they only have one false drawer front.
  • Toe kick cutout: 4-1/2” high x 3" deep (non-stain grade material; when finishing, order matching toe kick or base moulding)
  • Furniture style vanity features can be found on pages 19-21.

Wall Cabinets:

  • Standard wall cabinets come in 15”, 18”, 24”, 30”, 36” and 42” heights with a 12”or 15” depth.
  • 15” and 18” high wall cabinets have no interior shelves
  • 24” high wall cabinets have one adjustable shelf.
  • 30” and 36” high cabinets have two adjustable shelves.
  • 42” high cabinets have three adjustable shelves.
  • Maximum height for wall cabinets: 48”
  • Smallest door size for Cathedral/Arch doors: 9-1/2”w X 12”h
  • Cabinets less than 12” wide have a solid door (raised, flat panel, cathedral and arch not available). 

Our premium grade kitchen and bath cabinets are constructed with 1/2" thick Birch plywood sides. If a cabinet side needs to be exposed and stained, it would be advisable to select the option for a "stain-grade side." This replaces the standard Birch plywood with a stain-grade Maple or Oak plywood to match the front of your cabinets. Another option is to cover the plywood sides with a 1/4" thick end panel skin or plain or beadboard material. Since the face frame of cabinets are about 1/4 of an inch wider than the sides, the end panels will make the sides look flush with the front.

Kitchen and bath cabinets come standard with hidden "Euro" 35mm door hinges with either a 1/2-inch overlay or a 1-1/4-inch overlay (for the full-overlay door styles). They will not come with knobs, but you can purchase knobs and pulls on our accessories page or get them from another source. No holes will be drilled into your kitchen cabinet doors, so you can buy any style of hardware you want. For additional choices, we recommend and other stores on our links page for a great selection of cabinet pulls.

Furniture and bookcase doors will still come with semi-concealed "knife" hinges pre-installed that permits the doors to open all the way (180 degrees) and helps them to stay shut when the door is closed. The hinge is not entirely hidden, but only about 3/8 of an inch is exposed. If you prefer to have hinges that are completely hidden, you will need to purchase and install your own hardware (see the links page for sources). IMPORTANT: If you plan to install your own hinges, you must also let us know NOT to install our standard hinges, since they are installed at the factory by cutting into the door.

Closeup of a Furniture & Bookcase Semi-Concealed Door Hinge
Closeup of a Kitchen Cabinet Hidden Door Hinge
Furniture and Bookcase Semi-Concealed Hinge Kitchen Cabinet Hidden Hinge

Drawer boxes feature English-dovetailed joints and dados, locking the bottom in place and giving each drawer added strength and durability. Wall cabinets are pre-drilled every 2-1/2" for adjustment of the 3/4" thick shelving and come standard with brass shelf pins.

Drawer dovetailed corner shelf pin


Kitchen cabinets with flat-panel, raised-panel, or beadboard doors have a beveled outside edge using the L-edge profile (below left). The Reverse-bevel edge is a non-standard option.

L-edge R-edge
L-edge (above left); Reverse-bevel edge (above right)


Cabinet Joints:

The photo below shows the front joint of a base 3-drawer kitchen cabinet where the solid wood face frame meets the plywood sides. You will notice that the sides are recessed 1/4" from the face frame. You can use an end panel skin to fill in this space with stain-grade material. If you choose to have a stain-grade finished side, you get a furniture-quality grade of plywood, but it will look almost the same from the top (and will still have the 1/4" recessed area).

Top front view of base cabinet with drawers

The photo below shows the back joint of a base 3-drawer kitchen cabinet with full-extension glides. 

Top back view of base cabinet with drawers

The photo below shows the inside front of a combination vanity cabinet with a removable false drawer front at the top and drawers below:

Inside of vanity combo cabinet

Cabinet Drawers:

The photo below shows the standard 3/4-extension side-mount metal glide rail. Below that is a drawer with a heavy-duty 75 lb load full-extension glide.

Side-Mount Euro-glide

Full-extension glide


Blind Base & Wall Cabinet Specifications:

Blind base cabinets need to be installed between 6-9 inches from the wall on the blind side. So, the part of the cabinet that will be hidden will only be 15-18 inches wide. The farther out you pull it from the wall, the more clearance you will have to open the door. Below you can see an example of a blind base cabinet with the blind side on the right.

Base blind cabinet

The diagram below shows that a 36"W blind base cabinet requires 42-45" of space along the wall. The filler strip is recommended if you also need additional space to open the door of an adjacent base cabinet.

Blind wall cabinets can be placed between 0-3 inches from the wall on the blind side. Below you can see an example of a blind wall cabinet with the blind on the right.

Blind wall cabinet