Buyer's Guide to Kitchen Cabinets: Stock
Box: 1⁄2-in. particleboard sides, 3/4-in. hardwood face frame
Drawers: Stapled 3/4-in. particleboard
Doors: Hardwood frame-and-panel
Hardware: Euro cup hinges, epoxy-coated drawer slides
Finish: Stain with clear coat
Euro hinges rule. Many manufacturers supply cabinets with cup hinges, borrowing an idea that started with European cabinets. Although cup hinges are a little bulky, they are easy to adjust to keep cabinet doors aligned.
Basic drawers. Particleboard drawers that have been stapled together are a potential weak spot. These epoxy-coated drawer slides are three-quarter extension and make access to the back of the drawer difficult.
Photos: Krysta S. Doerfler