Help with basics of construction of White Cabinets
DH and I would like to renovate the kitchen of our new house. Would someone help me with the basics of construction of the cabinets? We are getting bits and pieces of understanding. We are considering (thus far), Plain and Fancy, Rutt Regency and a local cabinet maker. We want high quality maple cabinets that would be painted or finished white:
I read in a previous thread that "P&F comes in two ways:
1. (standard) furniture board sides and vinyl interiors
2. (upgrade) plywood construction with birch wood interior. This costs about 10-15% more."
Is this the case for Rutt Regency and a local manufacturer too? I thought that the entire cabinet would be made of maple. I don't want to pay a ton of money for MDF or anything that might have harmful gases (to boot!) :)
Also, all say they have dovetail construction. Are their differences in "dovetail"? I thought I read that Rutt Regency only has two corners of dovetail? Some mention gluing - are all dovetail drawers glued?
What are other important differences in the construction of the cabinets? 5/8" vs. 3/4"?
Lastly, since we want white, is there a difference between hand painted and the factory finish in terms of cost? Is factory finish the most durable, therefore making it difficult for the local cabinet manufacturer to compete? We have toddlers who abuse everything. We understand how any sort of painted cabinet will have little hairline cracks that don't show up on plain wood
Any light you can shed comparing cabinet construction would be appreciated.