HICKORY CREEK CABINET CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Cabinet Face Frames
Only kiln dried hardwood is used for maximum stability. Color and grain are carefully selected and matched for a uniform look.
Pieces for frames are cut to size using a 4-head carbide-tipped moulder to achieve dimensions that are within accuracy of +/- .005”.
Cut pieces get mortised for a splined tenon that allows glue to travel through the joint and not get pushed away like traditional flat tenons.
After the face frame has been glued and assembled, it goes into a clamping square where each joint is pressure clamped until the glue sets.
When glue is dry, frame gets run through a twin wide-belt sander to achieve a clean, flat frame.
Face frame dimensions: 3/4” thick x 1-1/2”W solid stock
Cabinet Box Construction
Cabinet boxes are constructed from 3/4” North American Maple veneer core plywood. Sides, backs and bottoms are cut on a Striebig panel saw, then machined to lock together.
After cabinet is assembled, the face frame is glued and firmly pressed onto the cabinet with aluminum clamps to create a finished end with no visible seam line after finishing.
Tops and bottoms are 3/4” plywood, backs are 1/2”.
The back slides into dados, then is mechanically fastened to cabinet floor so the cabinet has a nice, clean, obstruction-free interior.
Construction styles available: Framed Frameless (Overlay), Flush Inset, 1/4” Beaded Inset and 3/8” Beaded Inset.
To keep strict tolerances and stay to schedule, most all doors, wainscot panels and custom end panels are made in house.
Several framing bead details, center panel raises and edge profiles are available in 5-piece cope & stick and haunched door series.
All 5-piece doors are made with a special tapered tongue that allows the glue to stay in place while the door is automatically squared and clamped in the pneumatic rotator press.
Painted doors and drawer fronts have a double refined MDF center panel.
Stain-grade flat panel doors have a 3/8” MDF core veneered center panel.
All door center panels are either pre-stained or primed to ensure that a raw wood line is never visible if a slight panel movement occurs from humidity changes throughout the year.
When all cabinet parts have been thoroughly sanded to the desired sanding grit, they enter the finishing department where the cabinet is either stained or primed for paint.
Hand-wiped stained finishes: Sher-Wood F3 Kemvar Varnish is a formaldehyde-free conversion clear varnish that provides excellent protection over oil base stain or natural wood.
Painted finishes: Sher-Wood V84WH5 is a pigmented, low formaldehyde varnish. Applied over primer, this high quality finish is available in both Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore color palettes.
Spraying is done in an automotive booth that provides a clean environment and superior lighting.
After each step of finishing, cabinets get returned to a ventilated drying room where they cure for the next application.
After finishing, cabinets get hardware installed, quality inspected, then blanked wrapped, shipped and delivered. Hickory Creek offers tailgate delivery or inside delivery.