How do I tell a good cabinet from a bad cabinet?

Basic construction is a great place to start. How are the drawers and components of the cabinet put together? If you see staples… be worried. Dovetail joints are extremely durable and the way to go on drawer construction. Dowel or mortise and tenon joints are perfect for joining the sides and back of the cabinets- similar methods are used in furniture to create the strongest of bonds. Is solid wood used for the doors? Solid wood is great for the door panels, however it is better to use an engineered wood or plywood for the frame of the cabinetry to ensure warping does not occur. Since solid wood expands and contracts with exposure to moisture you want the frame to be unwavering.

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