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I was thumbing through one of the trade magazines that comes to me and reading an article about a growing cabinet company. I was surprised by this quote from the company owner:

"The topic came up four or five years ago. We were being told by our dealer base, our sales team and our suppliers that full-access or frameless construction, specifically European-style, was coming to the U.S."

What's next, phones that you can actually carry with you?

3/16/17       #2: New Trends ...
rich c.

Were they Amish or Mennonite? Trade journals started those discussions over 30 years ago!

3/17/17       #3: New Trends ...
james e mcgrew Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

Here in South Carolina, this would still be news !

3/17/17       #4: New Trends ...
Pat Gilbert

What's up with that?

3/18/17       #5: New Trends ...

We've been frameless only, for 25 years! All commercial work. I have friends with kitchen shops, most have gone frameless when they bought a router.

3/26/17       #6: New Trends ...
harold Morantz

Website: http://morantzcabinets.com

We have been doing frameless for 36 years from the days of "true 32". never built a face frame cabinet ever. never used plywood in my 24 years in Montreal and most Americans balk at melamine. Kitchens from europe are all only melamine interiors. A prospective client wanted white painted shaker doors in solid wood and i showed him my one piece MDF painted doors and did an experiment with him. We took a painted solid maple shaker and a one piece MDF painted shaker and put them in 4" of water and sat down in showroom to discuss design of cabinets and colors. after meeting we took the doors out of water and the 5pc wood doors joints were all swollen and paint was lifting. The MDF door was flat and perfect as when we immersed it.
As cabinetmakers we must be up to date with technology and design trends, but we can also educate our clients and Expand thier preconceived myths.

3/26/17       #7: New Trends ...
scott b

We too have been doing frameless since the late 70's, but we also do flush inset frames. We have customers that want traditional cabinets because we have homes from the late 1890 to current. We also have very ultra modern which requires frameless with veneered MDF doors. We also do commercial plastic lam frameless. Do want makes you happy, produces a profit and keeps the doors open.

3/26/17       #8: New Trends ...


You need to work with live ammunition.

Your customer's doors will absolutely never spend one minute of their career immersed in 4 inches of water. They will, however, be subject to collisions with pots, pans & people.

Which door material do you think holds up better against actual probable impact?

3/26/17       #9: New Trends ...

Website: http://morantz custom cabinets.com

What you mention is an ongoing discussion in several forums on this site. The finish will get damaged and the door will need to be refinished but non of my painted doors have ever developed a crack in the panel or frame. Several designers that I work with gave already had me replace thier 5 piece doors with the one piece mdf doors. After painting they look identical, .

3/26/17       #10: New Trends ...

Website: http://morantz custom cabinets.com

Here are three pics of cabinetry made from MDF in my own home that I made 12 years ago. Except for some wear and tear on finish of bookshelves which are used daily for study, they are all in new condition.

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