(FAQ's) - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a frameless cabinet?

"Frameless" describes a style of cabinetry.  Cabinets are generally categorized in two styles - frameless and face frame.  A frameless cabinet is typically constructed with it's sides, bottom and top consisting of 3/4" thick material with it's door edge being only 1/16" from the side of the cabinet.  A frameless cabinet creates a more modern style and is also known as European style.

A frameless cabinet.

A face frame cabinet.

2. What is a face frame cabinet?

"Face frame" describes a style of cabinetry.  Cabinets are generally categorized in two styles - frameless and face frame.  A face frame cabinet is similar to a frameless cabinet in construction where it is constructed with it's sides, bottom and top consisting of 3/4" thick material however a frame is constructed separately and attached to the cabinet face.  A face frame is usually about 1-1/2" wide with it's door being about 1" away from the cabinet side.

3. What is PVC edgebanding?

Edgebanding is a finished material that is used on the exposed edges of cabinet components.  PVC is the abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride.  Polyvinyl chloride is a very common plastic used to produce pipe, electrical cable, signs, clothing and furniture.  PVC edgebanding is available in a wide variety of colors and is engineered to match most high pressure plastic laminate colors.  PVC edgebanding is most commonly used on frameless cabinetry where a face frame is not applied to the cabinet face.  Thicknesses of PVC edgebanding are most commonly .018" thick but are also available in .04" (1mm) and .12" (3mm) thicknesses.

Samples of PVC edges on cabinet components. 

A sample of high pressure laminate (HPL) which is shown on the top surface of the sample.  The vertical surface represents PVC edgebanding.  The core of the sample represents particleboard.  Notice the HPL creates a black line on it's exposed edge whereas the PVC does not create a black line.


4. What is HPL?

HPL is the abbreviation for high pressure laminate.  High pressure laminate is a combination of paper and resins pressed together under high pressure.  High pressure laminate is most commonly manufactured by Formica, Wilsonart or Nevamar and is available in different  colors, finishes and textures.


5. What is your lead time?

Our goal is to accommodate your schedule.  Lead times vary depending upon the intensity of the order or project.  Generally, for most cut to size orders, please allow up to 3 business days for fabrication.  For most full service cabinet or countertop projects please allow 5 business days for shop drawings and, after shop drawing approval with field measurements recorded, 10 - 15 business days for fabrication.  Our goal is to accommodate your schedule to our best ability.  Please contact us for a more realistic time frame today - (805) 982-9090. 

 California Woodworking, Inc. has followed the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) since their inception date of October 1, 2009.  Prior to the inception of AWS, California Woodworking, Inc. has been a member of Woodwork Institute (WI) since the year 2000.  

6. What is the difference between the certification program set forth by Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) and Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)?

There are a number of specific differences in cabinet standards set forth by AWS and KCMA.  The cabinet standards are listed in the table shown to the left.  Please click on the table for further information.

7. Is California Woodworking, Inc. certified by the State of California as a Small Business?

Yes, California Woodworking, Inc. currently holds certification with the State of California as a small business (SB micro).  You can click here for a current copy of our certification. 

8. What is the difference between quarter sawn oak and rift sawn oak?

Both white oak and red oak lumber is most commonly categorized as plain sawn, quarter sawn and rift sawn.  Although plain sawn is most common, both quarter sawn and rift saw oak creates a distinctive grain style due to the way the oak tree is sliced in relation to its medulary rays.  Frank Miller Quartersawn Lumber (www.frankmiller.com) explains the milling process that creates quarter sawn and rift sawn in oak lumber.

Do you have additional comments or questions?  We are here to help.  Contact us at info@calwoodinc.com.