California Woodworking

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is your lead time?

Our goal is to accommodate your schedule. Lead times vary depending upon the intensity of the order or project. Times may vary, however generally these are the time frames that can be expected:

Cut to size orders

  • 3 business days

Full service cabinet and countertop service

  • 5 business days for shop drawings
  • 10-15 business days for fabrication (after drawing approval and field measurements are recorded)

Our goal is to accommodate your schedule to our best ability. Please contact us for a more realistic time frame for your specific project.

What is a face frame cabinet?

A face frame cabinet is similar to a frameless cabinet in construction where it is constructed with its sides, bottom and top, consisting of 3/4" thick material however a frame is constructed separately and attached to the cabinet face. A face frame is usually about 1-1/2" wide with its door being about 1" away from the cabinet side.

What is PVC edge banding?

Edge banding is a finished material that is used on the exposed edges of cabinet components. PVC or Polyvinyl chloride is a very common plastic used to produce pipe, electrical cable, signs, clothing and furniture. PVC edge banding is available in a wide variety of colors and is engineered to match most high-pressure plastic laminate colors. PVC edge banding is most commonly used on frameless cabinetry where a face frame is not applied to the cabinet face. Thicknesses of PVC edge banding are most commonly .018" thick but are also available in .04" (1mm) and .12" (3mm) thicknesses.

 

 

What is HPL?

High pressure laminate (HPL) is a combination of paper and resins pressed together under high pressure. High pressure laminate is most commonly manufactured from Formica, Wilsonart or Nevamar and is available in different colors, finishes and textures.

A sample of high pressure laminate is shown on the top surface of the sample. The vertical surface represents PVC edge banding. The core of the sample represents particleboard. Notice the HPL creates a black line on its exposed edge whereas the PVC does not.

What is a frameless cabinet?

A frameless cabinet is typically constructed with its sides, bottom and top, consisting of 3/4" thick material with its door edge being only 1/16" from the side of the cabinet. A frameless cabinet creates a more modern style and is also known as European style.

What is the difference between the certification program set forth by kitchen cabinet manufacturers association (KCMA) and architectural woodwork standards (AWS)?

There are many specific differences in cabinet standards set forth by AWS and KCMA. The cabinet standards are listed in the table shown below. 

Is California Woodworking, Inc. certified by the state of California as a small business?

Yes, California Woodworking, Inc. currently holds certification with the State of California as a small business (SB micro). You can click here for a current copy of our certification.

What is the difference between quarter sawn oak and rift sawn oak?

Both white oak and red oak lumber is most commonly categorized as plain sawn, quarter sawn and rift sawn. Although plain sawn is most common, both quarter sawn and rift saw oak creates a distinctive grain style due to the way the oak tree is sliced in relation to its medullary rays. Frank Miller Quarter Sawn Lumber (www.frankmiller.com) explains the milling process that creates quarter sawn and rift sawn in oak lumber.

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