Welcome to the Litefoot Cabinetry Learning Center. In an effort to keep you informed of the latest trends and technologies in the kitchen cabinet industry, we have put together some information that we feel would help you in making the right decisions for your new kitchen. With countless variations and possibilities to create the perfect kitchen, we hope this information can take some of the confusion and frustration out of all there is to offer when customizing a new kitchen. We are here to help you! If you still have questions on any of the products or features, feel free to call us. We can offer you expert advice on any of your woodworking needs.
Having cabinets that will last through the years depends a lot on the interior constuction of the boxes. For many years now, cabinet shops worldwide have used particle board or “chip board” sheets. When lined with a Melamine film it provides a durable, washable finish that looks nice and is easy to clean. While this proves to be an economical solution, there also a few downfalls to go along with it. With any wood product, water is damaging. Particle board can act like a sponge when coming in contact with large amounts of water and this can break down the integrity of the a boxes construction leaving it susceptible to deterioration and mold.
To provide you with the best quality available, we prefer to build our cabinet boxes with 3/4" thick all wood plywood interiors. Pre-finished with polyurethane coatings, this provides excellent durability and eliminates the chance of integrity breakdown or molds. Plywood is a type of manufactured timber made from thin sheets of wood veneer. Plywood is used instead of plain wood because of its resistance to cracking, shrinkage, and twisting/warping, and its general high degree of strength.
Plywood layers (called veneers) are glued together with adjacent plies having their grain at right angles to each other for greater strength. There are usually an odd number of plies so that the sheet is balanced—this reduces warping. Because of the way plywood is bonded (with grains running against one another and with an odd number of composite parts) it is very hard to bend it perpendicular to the grain direction.