How We Make Our Cabinets
We use top quality materials, including Tulipwood. In our opinion, this is the very best material to use for a painted kitchen owing to its combination of strength, stability and flat painted finish. The construction methods we use include properly jointed mortise and tenoned 5 piece doors and drawers made with traditional dovetailed joints both at the front and back.
You will see from our “TV and Magazine Features” section that our customers’ kitchens are often featured in national home magazines, alongside kitchens from much more expensive companies.
We have set out below the key facts about each element of our cabinetry’s construction. Over the years, we have developed an unbeatable combination of materials and techniques. Something we are extremely proud of!
We usually make our carcasses using real oak veneer. The real oak veneer interior is beautiful and can be varnished, oiled or even painted; depending on your choice. Each part is screwed and glued together. In our experience this gives probably the strongest join possible.
Cabinet Front Frames
The best cabinets have a separate front frame that is constructed then fixed to the carcass. Cheaper cabinets have no frame and the doors are connected directly to the carcass. Or even worse 4 separate pieces of frame that are nailed onto the carcass and then filled and sanded to make it look like a frame!
Our cabinets have a separate solid hardwood front frame that is screwed and glued under pressure to ensure it is square. The frame is then screwed and glued to the carcass with hidden screws so there are no screw/nail marks visible.
Our Cabinet Doors
Our doors are made in the traditional way with 5 separate pieces, (2 x stiles, 2 x rails, 1 x panel) which are then put together with mortice and tenon joints.
Hinges are a key component of your kitchen. We only use top quality solid brass butt hinges in a choice of 3 finishes (chrome, brass, antique brass) which are skillfully rebated into the door. This is a more expensive way (for us) to hang the doors, but means they will not drop over time.
All of our drawers boxes are made in the traditional way in solid oak with proper dovetail joints. More unusual is that our drawers have dovetailed joints at the front and back. This means they will last for years. Thanks to the way we make our drawers and the quality of our drawer runners, our drawers have a massive 40kg weight capacity.
We use top quality soft close drawer runners, that are hidden underneath the drawer. They have a quick release mechanism that makes it easy to remove the drawer for cleaning. They have a massive 40kg weight limit.