Think that all kitchen drawers are made alike? Well think again! Dovetail drawers offer many benefits that regular drawers just can’t match, continue reading to find out just what these benefits are!
Dovetail drawers require a different type of construction than standard kitchen cabinet drawers, and are usually regarded as a higher quality drawer option for homeowners. The difference between dovetail drawers and other, more traditionally constructed drawers, lies within the type of joint used in dovetail drawers.
The type of joint constructed for dovetail drawers is known as a ‘locking joint’. The dovetail ‘locking joint’ is constructed from wedge-shaped channels cut into the wood, that interlock with one another from either side of the drawer, creating a box. The wedge-shaped pieces are called ‘tails’ and ‘pins’, and provide a very strong joint that is quite resistant to force once the two sides are assembled.
The dovetail joint is so strong that oftentimes when a drawer breaks, it is not at the point of the joint. Not only is the ‘locking joint’ itself strong, but the joint’s surface is large enough to offer an unusually large area for gluing. Glue is stronger than wood, and therefore the more space that is available for gluing allows for an even stronger drawer box.
Due to the construction of the joint, dovetail drawers also offer the largest storage space. British dovetail drawers, which are the type we have been talking about, allow for the largest possible drawer, regardless of the type of furniture. French dovetail drawers are a proper choice for specialty furniture, like pieces with curved fronts. Joints on French dovetail drawers are constructed slightly different, with the drawer side sliding upward into a long groove at the drawer’s front.
The advantages of dovetail drawers are in the construction of their joints. They offer a stronger drawer, with a larger holding capacity. While these drawers are associated with a higher quality drawer, this is not always the case. There are many options for drawer construction, and picking the correct drawers for your kitchen cabinets should include strength and storage.
Taking the latest wood working technology, Cabinetry Factory takes great care with every stage of kitchen cabinet processing, with focus to produce superior kitchen cabinets and vanities. From manufacturing to finishing, our cabinetry is crafted by people who care.
• Hand sort and select kiln-dried solid wood timber to use in our cabinetry. Check and make sure moisture content of all wood timber is in range of 6%-10%.
• Staves of our kitchen cabinet door panel are hand selected and strategically positioned for matching wood grain and color consistency.
• Cut solid wood timber in right width, length and thickness, and shape door profile. Rubber inserts are placed in the door frames before the center panel is installed to stabilize the panel and allow for expansion that may occur.
• Assemble face frame by blind mortise and tenon joint, an age-old wood joinery method that is recognized as a sign of high quality. This creates a stronger joint and prevents splitting.
• All glue assembled doors are placed under pressure for no less than 2 hours to guarantee strong and stable bonding of door stile and rail. Then kitchen cabinet doors are put in dehumidification room for 24 hours, to get moisture distribution balanced.
• Doors, drawer fronts and face frames are surface sanded, fine sanded and then hand sanded, to eliminate cross grain scratches and create a smooth surface.
• Kitchen cabinet door and drawer front surfaces are dust particles removed and quality inspected. Then sap stains are applied to balance the base color of the wood to establish consistent color uniformity.
• Grain enhancing dye stain and hand rubbed wiping stain is hand-sprayed and hand-rubbed to enhance the wood grain characteristics. The surfaces are then air dried and inspected.
• The durable wood sealer is applied with pressure and then oven-cured. Kitchen cabinet door and drawer front are then machine & hand sanded, dust removed, providing a smooth consistent surface in preparation for next finishing coat.
• Environmentally safe topcoat is applied to the surface. Top coat is oven-baked that extends the original color and clarity of the wood while standing up to everyday wear and tear.
• Hand drawn glazing lines are made and a final clear top coat is applied, the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are again oven cured. Finished doors and drawer fronts are 100% personally quality inspected and stored in racks to prevent scratches.
• The UV paint machine is to apply a natural or matching finish to the drawer boxes as well as sides, tops, bottoms and shelves of kitchen cabinet box, providing a durable surface.
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