Conestoga Cabinet Options
Most cabinets have a variety of options to choose from, dealing with visible sides,
toe kicks, hardware and more. Here are some of the more common needs and methods
for dealing with them.
For cabinets that are at the end of a run or that have all or part of one or both
sides exposed and visible, there are several choices for providing a finished end.
Here are sum:
An exposed end has the standard 1/4" (ok, technically closer to 7/32") reveal behind the edge of the face frame,
but uses a veneered plywood that is suitable for finishing. If the cabinet is
ordered with a finish, the exposed end is finished to match. (Available on
Red Oak, Hard Maple, or Cherry cabinets only.)
The application of an end skin results in the same minimal reveal as a flush end.
An end skin is a 1/4" thick plywood panel that is adhered at installation
time to the cabinet side. It will be veneered with the same wood as the cabinet
face and is pre-finished (or unfinished) to match the cabinet order. The installer
may have to notch out a corner of the end skin to match the toe kick.
End skins can be extended across multiple cabinets, as in the case of an
island end, to cover any seam that would otherwise be visible. (Available
in most wood species. Also available in 1/8" thick version in some species if
a bigger reveal is desired.)
A flush end reduces the reveal behind the edge of the face frame to 1/32" or less
by using a thicker plywood cabinet side (3/4" instead of 1/2"). As with the
exposed end, it uses a veneered plywood that is suitable for finishing. If the cabinet is
ordered with a finish, the exposed end is finished to match (unless otherwise
specified). (Available on Red Oak, Hard Maple, or Cherry cabinets only.)
Embedded Side Panel (aka Prep for False Door)
For a more sophisticated look, the Embedded Side Panel option makes the cabinet
side to appear as if it is a cabinet door. To accomplish this, we move the
plywood cabinet side towards the interior. This leaves a 3/4" reveal behind
the face frame which is enough room for a cabinet door to be tucked in. This,
too, can be a good option for island ends since a multi-panel door can be used
to span across multiple cabinets. Another variation is to create a false face
frame with doors as the side panel. (Note: Embedded side panels cannot be
used in conjunction with pull-out tray units or inset cabinets with concealed
hinges. Your account manager can help with workarounds.)
Most base cabinets (with the notable exception of Home Office base cabinets) come
standard with a recessed toe kick. Other options are available, as shown here.
Standard Toe Kick
The standard base cabinet toekick is 4" high and 3" deep. On cabinets with
toekicks available, this will be assumed unless you request something different.
The flush toe option extends the face frame down to the floor. The toe kick
notches on the cabinet sides are eliminated. (Note: If toeboard backer is
specified in the quote, it is ignored for any cabinets with a flush toe.)
Available on either or both side of the cabinet, the leg extension eliminates
the toe kick notch on the cabinet side and carries the face frame stile down
to the floor. This is a nice option for cabinets at the end of a run or on
the edges of an island, but can be used elsewhere as well.
Side Toe Kick (aka Toe Space Side)
A valuable option for islands or peninsulas, among other designs, you can
continue the toe kick around to one or both sides. (Note: there are minimum
width and depth requirements for this option.)
A toeboard backer is an unfinished plywood strip to be mounted between the
cabinet sides as a support backer for a finished toe kick strip. This keeps
the toe kick strip from bending and simplifies its installation. While this
is technically an option, we include it on most quotes automatically.
Shaped Bottom Rail
A variation on the flush toe, the shaped bottom rail carves a decorative
arch into the toe area. Note that there is no backing included behind the arch.
Some customers choose to install a finished toe kick a few inches behind the
arch to minimize dust build-up under the cabinet.
Select an arch to be carved as a decorative feature into a flush or exposed side.
Most cabinets are ordered with hardware (hinges and drawer slides) included, but
these are technically optional. Here we show the high-quality Blum hardware that
we use. All Blum hinges and slides have the Blumotion soft-close feature included.
Drawer Slides: Tandem
Note: Certain non-standard (<18", >24") drawer slides are made without the
back mounting brackets. For these, we will provide wood cleats so that they
can be mounted to the cabinet sides.
Hinges: 1-1/4" or 1-3/8" Overlay
These 170-degree hinges are utilized on corner cabinets to make access easier. These
are available only for 1/2" overlay, so doors on cabinets specified with a larger
overlay will automatically be narrowed so that these hinges can be used.
Other Cabinet Options
Other options are available, including matching interiors, wood shelf upgrade, extended
stiles, dust top, and more. To see details, check out
the Cabinet Options section
of the catalog.