chine for, and very easy on the router. We insert all Lamello
connectors prior to shipping which makes assembly very
quick for the installer,” said Mike Lee, Cabinotch Managing
Director. “Lamello’s depth of engineering and single-axis assembly considerably reduces design and assembly complexity.
Alignment is awesome and with a few drops of PUR glue, the
joint is extremely strong.”
Cadman Campbell, Cabinotch Product Manager, advocates
for the classic look, design versatility, and artisanship of face-frame cabinet construction.
He says the foremost difference is the beauty of the face
frame and the additional styling opportunities it offers.
“Since the frame shows, you can add fluting, or columns, or
different kinds of molding that can spice up the face frame
itself,” he said. “It gives you the ability to change cabinetry
style easily, and with face frame you can do inset/flush doors
for another style choice.”
For custom cabinetmakers like Justin Vance of Vance &
Sons in Alabama, a big plus is the overall strength of the face-
frame cabinet itself that helps keep the cabinet in square. “A
face frame box feels like a stronger, more stable box,” he said,
“which gives you the ability to make larger cabinets.”
Campbell agrees. “With the sturdiness of frames, there is
no need for additional installation hardware such as a hang-
ing rail, or leg levels,” he said. “Those things are needed in
full access because you could possibly rack the cabinet if you
screw it to the wall.”
Cabinet strength also leads to long-lasting cabinetry that
withstands the test of time.
“Custom face-frame cabinets are built to last a lifetime,
they’re heirloom furniture, not commodities,” he said.
“What’s more, the face-frame cabinet eliminates the need for
a filler which is a big deal in the custom world. With multiple
stile widths and outside reveals, you have the ability to scribe
the face frame to the wall.”
Vance says face frame cabinetry plays well with other de-
sign elements of a kitchen renovation.
“It seems to be much more appliance friendly,” he said.
“For example, an oven face-frame type cabinet is simple to
design and build. The face frame naturally absorbs the appli-
Frameless cabinetry can be made to look traditional, as shown here,
or they can have a very streamlined European design look.
This Cabinotch face-frame box shows the basic structure with the
face-frame applied to the front and drawer slides located to allow a
drawer to clear the frame.
Frameless upper cabinets are typically hung on a metal hanging rail,
as shown here.