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Cabinet Terminology

Anatomy of a Cabinet Door

 Anatomy of a Cabinet Door Diagram


GLOSSARY

Stile: The vertical piece in the frame of a cabinet door or drawer front.

Rail: The horizontal piece in the frame of a cabinet door or drawer front.

Panel: The center piece surrounded by the frame of a cabinet door or drawer front.

Center Rail: An additional rail usually in the center of the door, used on some styles and doors over a certain size.

Reveal: The space between double doors when they're closed.

Hinge Boring: Hole patterns drilled into the cabinet door to fit the hinges.

Lite: A door component consisting of a glass panel surrounded by a frame.

RTF: "Ridged Thermofoil". It is applied to MDF with heat, glue and pressure resulting in a very durable product that can look just like natural wood.

MDF: "Medium Density Fiberboard". A dense, cost effective material that is easily shaped and formed. When combined with RTF, has many of the same qualities of natural wood, without many of wood's limitations.

Mitered Cabinet Door: A 5-piece door consisting of two rails, two stiles and a panel in the center. The rails and stiles are joined at a 45 degree angle at each corner.

Cope And Stick Cabinet Door: A 5-piece door consisting of two rails, two stiles and a panel in the center. The rails and stiles are joined at a 90 degree angle at each corner.

Slab/Plank Cabinet Door: A cabinet door constructed from a single piece of wood.