FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- What is MDF?
MDF stands for medium density fiberboard. MDF is a manmade material composed of wood fibers and adhesive, cooked under pressure. MDF is available in a variety of thicknesses. All of our cabinet doors are made from 3/4 stock.
- What are concealed hinges?
Concealed hinges are more commonly referred to as European cup hinges. These hinges are completely invisible when the door is closed. We will gladly bore the necessary holes in your doors for mounting these hinges.
- What are the shipping charges?
A minimum charge of $25.00 is charged on all cabinet door orders. This is to cover the expense of packaging and shipping your order. After the first item, $5.00 per item is added to cover the additional freight charges.
- Why do I have to confirm my order?
In order to insure accuracy on your order, we require you to "sign off" on any order that is not placed through the website. This is only for mailed, e-mailed or faxed orders. You need to carefully review your order for accuracy before confirming it. If you are satisfied with your order, you can confirm it by signing and faxing it to us, typing your initials in the space provided and e-mailing it to us, or signing and mailing it back to us.
- Why is it so hard to match stain on wood doors?
Because each species of hardwood possesses unique grain and cell structures, which affect the results of the coloring or staining process. Tight grain wood, such as maple, pine and birch will often become blotchy when stain is applied. Open grain wood, such as oak or ash often stain unevenly between the different textures of the wood grain, especially when trying to achieve deep colors. (Different grains of the same wood may not accept stains the same way.)
- How do I stain my doors and make them look beautiful?
There are three commonly used methods to eliminate blotchiness on maple, pine, and birch. Following one of these three methods will help make your wood cabinet doors look beautiful.
- A light wash coat may be applied prior to staining. A wash coat can be formulated by using one part non-catalyzed vinyl sealer with 5-10 parts acetone or lacquer thinner. Increasing the ratio of sealer to acetone or lacquer thinner will provide more stain uniformity. Increasing the ratio of acetone or lacquer thinner to sealer will provide deeper stain penetration into the wood.
- Minwax makes a prestain conditioner that can be purchased at Home Depot or Wal-Mart, and does not require any mixing. It can be used straight from the can.
- A natural stain may be applied first, then within five minutes or before it is dry, apply the desired color over the natural stain.
Characteristic differences in color and grain are produced by nature in every tree. These variations create the beauty of fine woods. Since these differences in texture, porosity, and grain do affect the finish, it is impossible to guarantee an exact match in finish of all components parts of a door.
- Where should I store my doors until I am ready for them?
Your new cabinet doors should be laid out flat on the floor in a cool dry area, preferably in the air conditioning. This will help prevent them from warping. Make sure that you don’t leave them in a high humidity area, or leaning against the wall or supported by saw horses.
- How will my new cabinet doors be finished?
Your new cabinet doors will be shipped to you unfinished and ready for painting or staining. We recommend some light sanding, and a primer coat on doors that are going to be painted.
- What are double panel doors?
Double panel doors are single doors with two raised panels in the middle divided by an additional rail, similar to what you see on many entrance way doors with 6, 8, or more panels in one door.
- How thick are your doors?
All of our doors both MDF and wood doors are 3/4" thick. Panels on our shaker doors are 1/4" thick.
- What are your drawer boxes made from?
The sides are made from 1/2" thick cabinet grade birch plywood. The bottoms are 1/4" thick cabinet grade maple plywood.