How to find Top-Quality Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors

The most serious problem to overcome in purchasing a high quality kitchen cabinet door is to locate a source of custom cabinet doors as opposed to the lower quality modular doors. Here are the differences between the custom and modular marketing models, and how the two approaches will affect the end consumer.

The hardware retail chain (selling modular doors) will forward your order to the stocking warehouse where the doors in your order will be pulled. The doors are then packaged and shipped to the retail store placing the order. This process usually takes 15-to-20 working days.
The modular doors will typically be thinner, use lower quality materials, and come in standard widths with 3-inch increments. These are the doors available through the hardware store chains and most internet websites.
Custom doors, on the other hand, can be ordered direct from the manufacturer in any width and height and in sizing increments of 1/16-inch. They can also be ordered in hundreds of door styles while the modular doors typically come in two or three styles.
The reason for the 3-inch increments and reduced style selection offered by the hardware chains relates to inventory investment. It’s much less costly to stock a few dozen door sizes than to stock the thousands of door sizes that would be required when offering true custom sizing.
Custom cabinet doors, on the other hand, are made by the door manufacturer and shipped directly to the consumer. There is no inventory to keep, all orders are made to order. There is no stocking warehouse to add cost and no retail store time delay or profit margin. The manufacturer will typically offer dozens (or even hundreds) of door styles and each of these styles is available in any wood type, where the hardware chain can offer only a few wood types.
The real benefit to the consumer is the quality of the doors. Because the Custom door manufacturer routinely processes hundreds of custom sized orders each day for cabinet shops all over the country, any web orders are easily added into the days production run. This web order is treated no differently than any other order from cabinet makers, remodelers, or kitchen designers everywhere. The quality supplied to these cabinet professionals is the same quality the web purchaser receives.
Other benefits to the consumer are the cost and the delivery time. The only added expense to the manufacturer is the cost of operating the website, which is considerably less that the hardware chain’s cost of operating a stocking warehouse and the retail chain’s required profit margin. So the cost difference is significant; Custom doors from the manufacturer’s website will be available in any custom size, cost about 30% less than hardware chain’s modular doors, be delivered in about half the time, and be of the quality a professional cabinet maker would expect.
When buying from the manufacturer’s website your order will be produced and delivered to your home in 8-15 working days (depending upon shipping distance from the factory).
These are the differences between what you will receive from the chain retailers and what is supplied direct from the manufacturer’s website.
It’s easy to see the value offered to the consumer as more actual manufacturers start to offer their products to the savvy web consumer.
If you would like to see the products offered by the oldest and largest manufacturer of custom replacement kitchen cabinet doors on the web please follow this link to CabinetDoors.Com.

 

How Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors are made

Basically there are three designs if cabinet doors; these are Slab (or Plank), Cope & Stick and Mitered.
Slab, or Plank doors are simply edge-glued strips of wood. Slab doors are very susceptible to warping and twisting caused by variations in humidity. Most cabinet door manufacturers don’t offer Slab doors for the reasons stated, but some small, local cabinet makers still make this door style. Sometimes “look-alike” Slab doors are made of laminated MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and offered as Slab doors. These doors overcome the slab’s tendency to warp but have a plastic-like look along with all the negatives of MDF.

Cope & Stick doors are the oldest of the 5-piece cabinet door designs. They have been manufactured for several hundred years and are still popular today.
Cope & Stick doors consist of a frame made up of two stiles (the vertical side pieces), two rails (the horizontal top and bottom pieces), and the center panel. Those two stiles, two rails, and panel make up the components of the 5-piece cabinet door.
By using various machining methods and cutter profiles Cope & Stick doors can be manufactured in literally millions of design variations. A large door manufacturer may have 40 different Stile Cuts, 40 Panel Cuts, and 60 outside edge designs. When multiplied by several hundred different style possibilities, twenty wood types, and the various arch possibilities, the permutations multiply to many millions of unique door designs.
The most recognizable of the Cope & Stick door designs from the 1700’s is probably the Shaker Cabinet Door, which is actually still very popular today.

Mitered Cabinet Doors are also 5-piece doors with a different method of attaching the stiles and rails. Mitered rails attach to the stiles at a 45-degree angle, while Cope & Stick stiles attach to the rails at a 90-degree angle. Examples of Cope & Stick and Mitered cabinet doors can be seen on our site, CabinetDoors.Com.
With the invention of computer controlled mitering machinery, mitered doors have dramatically increased in dependability and popularity. Computerized machining allows for a mortise & tenon joining method that produces mitered joints that are as durable and tight as cope & stick joints. This dependability improvement, coupled with the greater design options have accounted for the steady growth in mitered door popularity.
Today, properly machined mitered doors are even more sturdy and reliable than cope & stick doors. Also, because of the increased productivity provided by the CNC Mitering machinery, mitered door prices are now equal to, or lower than comparable cope & stick doors.
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How to buy Top Quality Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors and save money

By Jim Hill August 22, 2014

The issue of saving money on any manufactured item is really very simple: The more middlemen that are involved in the process, the more the item gets marked-up.

The normal path any item takes to the final consumer is from the manufacturer to the Stocking Distributor, to a Wholesaler, to a Retail Store, and finally to the end user.

Each of these middlemen must increase the price by enough to cover his costs and add his profit.
Consider an average mark-up of 20% at the Stocking Distributor, another 20% at the Wholesaler, and 40%-50% at the Retail Store. This translates into roughly doubling the cost of the manufactured product.

If there was a way to remove or reduce the middleman mark-up the end user could save some serious money.

Well, there is a way to remove the costly middlemen from the market chain: the Internet.

To be honest, buying directly from the manufacturer from his website won’t cut the retail price in half. This is because some of the functions handled by Wholesalers and Retailers must now be handled by the manufacturer himself, and these functions create a cost to the manufacturer.
For instance, the manufacturer usually ships to very few wholesalers but in very large volumes. When selling from a website the manufacturer must now sell his product in much lower volumes and to many more users. Both lower volume per shipment and more total shipments have an added cost to the manufacturer, and he must pass this added cost on.

There are a few other cost adders that the manufacturer must absorb, like adding additional customer service and order processing employees.
These added expenses add cost but nowhere near the 100% mark-up the long supply chain added.

The bottom line is that retail stores hate the internet and go to great expense to keep their retail customers from finding which manufacturers sell to the public through websites.
Why would Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc. spend many millions each month on Google Advertising to get their websites listed at the very top of Google’s search result pages? The answer is that they don’t want you to look at the organic (non-paid) search results where the actual manufacturers webpages will offer the same products at 20% to 40% less.

CabinetDoors.Com is one of those manufacturers. We sell our extensive lines of Kitchen Cabinet Doors direct to the end user at about 30% less than the same door available from the big-box stores. Not only cheaper but with a 10-day delivery as apposed to 4-to-6-weeks delivery through the retail supply chain.

Another interesting aspect of buying direst is that the product you receive from the manufacturer is not only less expensive and delivered much faster, it’s usually the same product you would receive from the big-box retailer. Where do you think the big retailers get their products? They certainly don’t make them; They don’t make anything…They are just another middleman in the retail chain moving the manufacturers products to the end user.

So if you are ready for new or replacement kitchen cabinet doors, why not save some money and speed-up the process by looking at CabinetDoors.Com.

The Internet is here to stay and it is presenting end users with a choice they have never had before; a choice of keeping with the old method of supporting the supply chain, or by-passing the chain and moving into the future of manufactured goods marketing.

Replacement Cabinet Doors; Choosing between the options.

Looking for Replacement Cabinet Doors? Here is how to focus your search and get exactly what you want.

 

The first step is to determine the look you are after.
Cabinet Doors typically come in two designs: Mitered and Cope and Stick.

These designs can be further divided into Raised Panel and Inset Panel, and the Cope & Stick doors can be further sub-grouped into square, single arch, or double arch.
All cabinet doors (mitered or cope & stick) are available as Glass Frames and as Glass Frames with French Lites.

 

Lets look at the two major design options first; Mitered and Cope & Stick.
Both the Mitered and Cope & Stick designs refer only to the frame of the cabinet door. That is the outside frame that secures the center panel. This frame is similar to a picture frame which holds the picture. The frame of a cabinet door can hold either a Raised Panel, an Inset Panel, or may be simply a Glass Frame with no panel.

 

The Cope & Stick method of assembling doors is well established and has existed for over a century. The machinery required for this method of joining stile and rails is fairly simple and is used by most of the cabinet shops that still make their own doors. Newer, computerized methods of Cope & Stick machining are available but, because of high cost, these machines are limited to the major cabinet door manufacturers. Our Cope & Stick processing lines utilize the latest technology and produce tolerances of under 10/1,000 inch.
Below is a picture of our Cope and Stick machining process.

Mitering machinery has followed a similar path to high-tech machining.
Older mitering methods of cutting the 45’s with a miter saw and joining the frame with dowels or biscuits simply cannot compete with modern computerized mitering machinery.
Computerized machinery will produce a perfect 45-degree miter time-after-time. These miter joints assemble perfectly and each Mitered Cabinet will be absolutely square with the joints tightly closed and securely joined.
Below is a picture of our Mitering process.

Now, within both of the Mitered and Cope & Stick frame designs come the options of having either a Raised Panel or an Inset Panel assembled inside the door frame.
We offer over 30 Raised Panel profile choices and most of those profiles are offered with any of our cabinet door designs. Below left is an example of a Cope & Stick Inset Panel door and a Cope & Stick Raised Panel door. Below right are pictures of Mitered Inset Panel and Raised Panel doors.

 

Cabinet Doors have literally thousands of possible design options, some extremely popular and some not yet even tried.
For instance, there are hundreds of different outside edges that can be machined on any door. Some of these edge designs are functional, like “Finger Pull” edges intended to offer a finger grip and eliminate the need for knobs.
Some are designs intended to enhance the look of the door and some are extensions accentuating the look of the stile/rail or the panel design.

 

Other cabinet door options include decorative Applied Mouldings.
These mouldings are special designed frame enhancements applied to the inside edge of the frame components. Some can be even be applied to specially routed cuts in the face of the frame, like various sized Rope Mouldings.
Applied Mouldings are available on many door designs in both the Cope & Stick and the Mitered door lines.

 

Glass Frames are another option in the Specialty Door lines.
Glass Frames will have no panel and an opening for the glass is routed from the back of the frame. These Glass Frames are also offered with French Lites, which are optional in every cabinet door design. Here is a link to our Cope & Stick Glass Frames.

Here are links to our Cope & Stick 4-Lite Frames and 6-lite French Lite Glass Frames.

Our line of Mitered Glass Frames is here.
Our line of Mitered 4 and 6-Lite French Lite frames can be seen here.
Our 6-Lite Mitered French Lite Glass Frames are here.

Because all Custom Cabinet Doors are made to order, and not pulled from stocking shelves, buying exactly what you want is not only a dream, it’s a reality.

Just follow these links below to browse the available Outside Edges, Panel Cuts, and Stile/Rail details that are offered by The Door Stop.
Click here to see our Outside Edges
Click here to see our Panel Cuts
Click here to see our Stile Cuts

Design Your Own Cabinet Doors

Design your own cabinet doorsNow you can design your own Cabinet Doors, and we can build them…The possibilities are in the Millions!
So, if you want to design your own Cabinet Door, here is where you can create your own unique look!
When you calculate all of our Cabinet Door possibilities by mix-and-matching wood types, arched or square, Mitered or Traditional, outside edges, stile-cuts, and panel-cuts, the numbers get huge. All these options are capable of creating several million uniquely different cabinet doors.

Those looking for a Cabinet Door that nobody has ever seen before, and that has probably never even been manufactured before, can design their own by choosing from our huge range of options.

These options have, until now, only been available to Custom Cabinet Makers, but now we are making all options available to those adventurous enough to actually design their own cabinet doors.

No door manufacturer is offering anywhere near the number of possibilities you can create here. Other Cabinet Door websites are offering from a dozen to, at most, a hundred different doors; we are now opening the design process far beyond anything ever offered before. We are offering literally Millions of Cabinet Door Design Possibilities!

So, If you want to explore the mix-and-match process, it starts by opening these PDF files. Click to open then choose your Stile-cut, your Panel-cut, and your Outside-edge. Then finish the process from our CabinetDoors.Com website by selecting your Door Style and Wood Type. Once your selections are finalized just email us with the design options, quantities, and sizes and we’ll email you the quote.

Click here to see our Outside Edges

Click here to see our Panel Cuts

Click here to see our Stile Cuts

Changes to the doors displayed on the CabinetDoors.Com website require additional charges, generally each changes add between $3-to-$5 per square foot, but Call or email when you’ve made your choices and we’ll calculate the actual costs and email our quote for your approval.

Now you have the opportunity to actually design your own cabinet doors and create a kitchen that is truly One-Of-A-Kind. Here is your chance to make your statement to the world with a kitchen totally unique, and unlike any other, anywhere.

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