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Cabinet Construction

The superior quality of our cabinet construction is a point of pride for us at Online Cabinets Direct. Here, we will go over the details of our cabinetry and the specifications that make our products stand out from the competition.

Our company does not use cheap Chinese methods for our cabinet assembly. We have noticed that almost all other RTA Cabinet stores online use camlocks, metal clips, or plastic L-brackets for their assembly (we can best describe this assembly method is as if you were purchasing an entertainment center from an office supply store and had to screw it together with metal dials). Using their Chinese method of assembly is not durable, is unstable and can cause your cabinets to be racked (out of square) which is a major headache for installation. Our cabinets are not built to Chinese specifications like other online cabinet stores. We build our cabinets to USA standards to ensure they will last for many years to come because we are American and know quality is your main concern.

For detailed assembly information, please refer to our Cabinet Assembly Guide.

How Our RTA Kitchen Cabinet Assembly Method Differs from Other Store

Online Cabinets Direct is a US-based company and we know the difference in cabinet quality. Our cabinets do not use camlocks, metal clips nor plastic corner brackets for assembly. We use the same construction method as high-end custom cabinet companies here in the USA.

Our cabinets are made with a 1/2" plywood back, top, bottom and sides along with an additional 1/2" hanging rail to add extra support to your cabinet when it is attached to your wall. Our company uses I-Beam Construction which is the technique used by premium USA custom cabinet companies. We cut our plywood here in the USA as well to ensure quality and durability.

Cabinetry Details

  • Five Piece Door and Drawer Headers
    Five Piece Door and Drawer Headers
  • Dovetail Drawer Box
    Dovetail Drawer Box
  • Full Extension Undermount Soft-Close Drawer Glides and Soft-Close Door Hinges
    Full Extension Undermount Soft-Close Drawer Glides and Soft-Close Door Hinges
  • 1/2'' Plywood I-Beam Runners Along Top Dadoes
    1/2" Plywood I-Beam Runners Along Top Dadoes
  •  3/4'' Solid Maple Face Frame
    3/4" Solid Maple Face Frame
  • 1/2'' Back Panel with 1/2'' Hanging Rails
    1/2" Back Panel with 1/2" Hanging Rails
Raised Panel Door Details: 5 Piece Doors and Drawer Headers. Raised Center Panel with Applied Moldings on Ginger, Mocha, Harvest, and White Deluxe Chocolate Glaze.
Shaker Style Door Details: 5 Piece Doors and Drawer Headers.
Style: Full Overlay Door Styling.
Finish: 5-Step Sherwin Williams Acrylic Finish.
Glaze: Standard on Ginger Deluxe, Mocha Deluxe, Harvest Deluxe and White Deluxe Chocolate Mist.
Drawer Header: Five Piece Drawer Head.
Drawer Box: 5/8" Solid Wood Dovetailed Drawer Box.
Door Hinges: 6-Way Adjustable Soft-Close 1 1/4" Hinge Opens 110 Degrees.
Drawer Glides: Full Extension Undermount Soft-Close Drawer Glides.
Cabinet Box Material: 1/2" Cabinet Grade Plywood (most plywood boxes are cut here in the USA)
Cabinet Face Frame: 1 1/2" Solid Hardwood Face Frames, Dado-ed to Receive 1/2" Plywood Case Sides, Tops (wall cabinets only), I-Beams (base cabinets only) and Bottoms.
Cabinet Back: 1/2" Plywood Cabinet Backs Are Dado-ed to Receive Tops (wall cabinets only), I-Beams (base cabinets only) and Bottoms.
Hanging Rails: 1/2" Plywood.
Shelving: High-Strength Adjustable Shelf Clips. Side Panels are Pre-Bored for Self-Adjustable 3/4" Maple Plywood Veneer Shelves with Edge Banding.
Door Hardware: Concealed Soft-Close 5-point Adjustable Hinges.
Exterior: Customer must specify finished ends on Hampton and Summit Series.
Toe Board: 1/2" Plywood Toe Kick Board Installed Between Cabinet End Panels. 1/4" Matching Toe Kick Cover Must Be Applied After Installation.
Interior: UV Sealed Natural Maple Finish. We do not use paper or plastic for our interiors.
Construction: Our cabinets are built with care and attention to detail. We do not use camlocks or metal clips in our cabinet construction like other online stores. Our Newtown series is built with plywood box construction using the pin and glue method for the cabinet box and face frame and corner braces. Our Parkview Contemporary, Summit Craftsman, and Hampton Raised Panel series are built with I-beam construction using pen and glue assembly methods. The methods we use are preferred by all custom cabinet makers to ensure the highest quality cabinet construction available.

Assembly Options

Flat Pack

Unassembled orders are shipped so you can assemble the cabinets upon receipt

Order Your RTA Kitchen Cabinets Pre-Assembled

Online Cabinets Direct offers cabinet assembly for $75.00 per base/wall cabinet and $150.00 per Tall Oven/Utility Cabinet.

How to Assemble Our RTA Kitchen Cabinets Getting Started

1 Prepare a flat workspace 6-8 foot in diameter.
2 Apply protection layer (cloth sheet, cotton blanket, etc.) to avoid scratching face frame, doors and drawer headers.
3 Open cabinet cardboard boxes (2 boxes per cabinet):
  • (1) Box With 1/2" Plywood Cabinet Carcass
  • (1) Box Cabinet Face Frame & Doors, Drawer Header & Drawer Box Material
4 Group cabinet pieces for each cabinet, and identify and organize all parts (to include but not limited to the following):
  • 2 Plywood Side Panels
  • 1 Plywood Back Panel
  • 2 Plywood Hanging Rails
  • 1 Plywood Toe Kick Backer Panel
  • 1 Finished to Match Face Frame
  • 1 Plywood Top Panel (Wall and Tall Cabinets only)
  • 1 Plywood Bottom Panel
  • 2 Plywood I-Beam Struts
    • - Base Cabinet I-Beam Stretcher Panels 4" x 22 5/8"
    • - Vanity Cabinet I-Beam Stretcher Panel 4" x 19 5/8"
  • Drawer Slides (2 Per Drawer Box)
    • - Base Cabinet Drawer Slide 21"
    • - Vanity Cabinet Drawer Slide 18"
  • Door(s) Depending on Cabinet Size
  • Door Hinges
  • Drawer Header(s) Depending on Cabinet Size
  • 4 5/8" Solid Wood Dove Tail Drawer Box Panels
  • 1 Plywood Drawer Box Bottom Panel

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