Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Cabinet drawers -- they house a variety of items that we use on a daily basis, from kitchen utensils to pens and pencils. Kitchen cabinet drawers are opened regularly, some as much as 5 to 10 times a day. This adds up to more than 3,600 times per year!  We depend not only on the functionality of the drawer, but also on its durability. Joint design is an important aspect of the drawer's durability due to the stress the drawer incurs with each opening and closing. This is what makes a dovetail joint so desireable.

Two factors determine the strength of a joint ... 1) how the two pieces of wood are connected and 2) the size of the gluing area. In a dovetail joint, a series of pins are cut into the end of a piece of wood which interlocks with a series of tail cuts in the end of another board. Once glued, a dovetail joint creates such a strong bond, no additional mechanical fasteners are required. Below is a picture of a dovetail drawer joint.

The dovetail is one of the strongest joints used in cabinet construction. The pins and tails can only be joined together in one direction, similar to putting your hand in a glove. Once the glove is on, it will not come off except by sliding your hand out. When a drawer is opened, the pressure actually makes the joint tighter. In addition to locking mechanically, the joint creates a very large surface area for gluing. The more glue in a joint, the stronger the joint will be.

The dovetail joint is indicative of quality cabinets and a high level of craftsmanship. Drawers with this type of joint are superior to those constructed simply with a stapled or glued drawer front. With its increased strength and durability, the dovetail joint is an excellent choice for your cabinet drawers.


 

 

You put time and careful thought into selecting your kitchen cabinets, so naturally you want to keep them looking their best. The maintenance of your cabinets does not have to be a difficult or time consuming task. With some regular cleaning and care, you can keep your cabinets looking beautiful for years to come.

Cleaning your wood cabinets can be as simple as wiping the surface with a clean, damp cloth, then drying immediately. If you feel like you need something more than just water to cut through everyday soil and grease, a product such as Murphy's Oil Soap (containing no wax or silicones) is a perfectly acceptable option.  However, you may find that a mild dishwashing detergent is just as effective. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.  Using a dish cloth is not recommended for cleaning your cabinets as it could contain grease or detergent remnants.

If you kitchen cabinets are laminate, thermofoil, or painted, most non-abrasive cleaners are okay, but avoid any cleaner with acetone, ethyl alcohol, or mineral oils as well as any harsh solvents or abrasives as they can be damaging.

Abrasives in cleaning are not the only elements that can cause damage to your cabinets. Water and excess moisture can compromise your cabinet's finish and possibly the wood itself. With that in mind, promptly remove any excess liquid and do not drape dish towels over cabinet doors.

By following these simple tips, your kitchen cabinets can maintain their original beauty and be an investment of which you can be proud for many years.

 

We recently completed a kitchen and master bathroom renovation with Glenn Gareis at GMG Architects, Tom Vriesman of Design Studio Vriesman and Randy Green of Green Trade Contracting. The clients purchased a home in Indianapolis' Meridian - Kessler neighborhood and made substantial updates to the home's layout and finishes throughout the house.

Overall, the homeowners' objectives were to open up the layout of the living areas and update the look and functionality of the kitchen.

Working through the project details, specific appliances, and cabinet accessories, our kitchen designer went through our process to create a final design that best fit the clients' wishes. To help our clients' visualize the end result, we use 3-D design software to create realistic looking elevations. The final elevations shown below are all computerized renderings.



Out of several cabinet lines we offer, the homeowners chose a line of cabinetry to best balance price and quality. They selected a white painted finish and a clean, Shaker door style. Square, chrome pulls were used throughout the kitchen to give a clean, transitional look. Granite countertops were in a complementary color. The homeowners also incorporated a number of cabinet accessories, including a cutlery divider, waste basket pullout, baking tray dividers, and rollout trays.

The final result looks stunning. After all the dust and construction was complete, we took the below photos of the finished project.

 

Decorative columns were placed on both sides of the sink to create a more balanced feel to the kitchen.

Stacked crown molding was taken up to the ceiling to make the room feel bigger and support the clean, fresh lines of the modern, Shaker style.

Wall Oven cabinet includes a lift up door over the ovens for convenient storage.

Note the under cabinet molding used to provide a nice finishing touch and allow the wiring to remain unseen.

Built-in cutlery organizer keeps utensils from scattering throughout the drawer!

Double waste basket pullout ... one for trash and one for recycle materials.

Tray dividers to keep cookie sheets and baking pans neat and orderly.

Deep rollout trays to organize storage and ease access to items at the back of the cabinet.

We would love to opportunity to help you transform your living spaces.  Give our staff a call to get started.

Testimonials

"Sonja and I want to thank you for the great experience that you and your company provided to us throughout the design, manufacture, and installation of our library cabinetry you made for our condo. Our friends and family rave about its quality and appearance. You are all craftsmen and it was a real pleasure watching the project come together during the whole process."
Al & Sonja
 
"Thanks again for successfully completing our project today. Special kudos to Mike and the other craftsmen at the shop for a job well done. We could not be more pleased with the results. Mike’s attention to small, finer details was very much appreciated. He was patient, pleasant and understanding. It’s all about the “fit & finish” with us and Spiceland Wood Products did not disappoint. We WILL be doing more business together soon – we look forward to it. Given the opportunity, we will highly recommend SWP to everyone. It was a true pleasure working together."
Wayne & Tonia 

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