Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
- Do you do kitchen refacing?
- We can supply replacement doors for a kitchen refacing but we are not a refacing service company. We can certainly help with budgeting and provide guidance for product selection. If you are experienced, or very handy, it is possible to manage a refacing as a do-it-yourself project.
We can supply most of the products (doors, drawers, hardware) that you will need. A refacing company works in your home to provide consultation and advice. They will accurately measure existing doors, prepare purchase orders, arrange for door removal and disposal, and provide installation of your new doors. Refacing often means "upgrade" or minor changes (improvements) to use better hardware (soft close), to change designs and finishes, or add fillers and end panels. You can purchase your doors from us and subcontract installation. Search Google for a local "kitchen installation" company to provide measurement and installation. A refacing company usually has their own sources for doors and may, or may not, allow direct purchase of our doors. Installation services should allow you to select and purchase items of your own choosing.
- Do you accept metric measurements for quoting?
- Yes we can accept sizes in Imperial (example: 2 1/4"), Decimal (example: 2.25"), or Millimeters (57mm). Whatever measuring system you use to request your quote will be used to confirm your quote. Our web site includes a quick measurement conversion page for your reference.
- Do you make doors that will fit IKEA Sektion Cabinets?
- Yes we have years of experience with retrofit of our custom made doors to IKEA's Akurum cabinet. In 2015 we introduced retrofit solutions for IKEA's Sektion cabinets. Retrofit doors come properly sized and predrilled to install easily. See our IKEA Retrofit page for more information.
- I'm doing a kitchen and I want cabinet doors that are made out of solid maple laminated together. Is that something you could do?
- We can make solid maple (or other woods) slab style doors. Because of their construction these doors can experience moderate dimensional change with swings in heat or humidity. The "five piece" door has a floating center panel in a frame system that overcomes these issues. We cannot warrantee solid slab doors against tweak or warpage. We do offer veneer slab doors with solid wood edge banding (2mm or 3mm). If the veneer slab door is made from flat cut veneer the appearance is very similar to a solid slab door but it is more dimensionally stable.
- How thick are your doors?
- The standard thickness of our solid wood doors is 13/16" (20.6mm). We find this to be the perfect balance of strength, weight and flexibility of design. Some solid door styles can be reduced to 3/4" thick but many styles need to be 13/16" to accomodate full details. Certain styles can be made thicker with upcharge. If you require a custom door thickness please contact us. MDF routed doors are 3/4" thick (19.0mm). Veneer slab style doors are 3/4" thick (19.0mm).
- Do you finish the doors you make?
- Yes, we offer clear coat lacquer natural finish, stain or painted finish. We can also offer stain or paint colour match. See our stain finish page for our standard colour options.
- Do you sell hinges?
- Yes. We stock and sell a limited selection of Blum soft close hinges and hinge plates. Hinging can be complicated due to differences in cabinet design and construction. European style hinges are very popular due to their high degree of adjustablility. We do recommend the Blum brand of hinging solutions as many of our customers who use their products have been very satisfied. Blum hinges and other brands are available at Home Depot, Rona and many other building supply retailers. To link to the Blum website click here.
- Can you come to my house and quote my kitchen?
- No. We are a component manufacturing company servicing the kitchen industry and do-it-yourselfers. Check out our gallery of project pictures that were provided by companies that will do site visits, design services and installation. If you create your own kitchen design using IKEA software we can quote from that.
- Can you custom drill my doors?
- Yes. We offer drilling in a standardized setup. See our Drilling page for more detail. Hinge plates are easily moved when mounting doors. It has been our experience that trying to measure and line up with an existing hinge plate is difficult and typically results in more work than simply moving a plate while installing.
- Can I get a door with Maple stiles and rails and a Walnut center panel?
- Yes we can mix and match wood species.
- I want to order dovetail drawers and I will be using the Blumotion Tandem series undermount slide. How do I calculate what width of drawer to order?
- The Blum Tandem series slide needs 3/16" (5mm) clearance between the outside of the drawer and the inside of the cabinet wall on each side when the drawers have 5/8" thick walls ... which ours do. Measure the inside opening of the cabinet and subtract 3/8" (10mm) to determine the correct drawer width. See our dovetail drawer page for more information.
- Do you make and/or sell raw MDF cabinet doors?
- Yes. We offer routed MDF doors. See our MDF door page. We also offer many of our door styles in five pice HDF (HDF is high density fiberboard, MDF is medium density fiberboard). We make HDF doors by machining each of the five components of the door and then assembling them the same way we would make a wood door. If you are painting the doors we would recommend our "Paint / MDF" combination which is hard maple frame components with a MDF center panel. It is the best of both worlds. The hard maple frame provides strength, rigidity, excellent screw holding, is less prone to corner damage and can be repaired. The MDF center panel is dimensionally stable, paints well and saves money.
- Do you produce doors and drawer fronts at 1" thick?
- We do not produce one inch thick doors. Our standard thickness is 13/16” (20.6mm).
If you have questions about our IKEA retrofit solutions see our IKEA Retrofit FAQ page